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#267745 - 11/09/14 11:45 AM [Off-Topic] Win 8.1 drag&drop Read-Only file question for the gurus
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I'm working on four new style disks.

When writing the installation routines, I use Read-Only files as templates.

Normally I just right-click, drag, and choose copy but sometimes the old habit of left-clicking just happens.

As far back as I can remember, when left-click dragging and dropping a Read-Only file, it won't let me move the file without a nagging "Are you sure you want to do this?" type message.

Now I notice with Win 8.1, left-click-and-drag a Read-Only file just moves it to the new location where I immediately add dozens of files to it. Then when I go back to the template folder, it isn't there, so I have to copy it all back and then remove all the added files. Not a disaster, but a PITA anyway. (This happens on two 8.1 computers)

I searched and searched but the control panel on my computer and google for answers with no results (google was worthless - obviously I don't know how to ask the question).

So for the computer gurus out there, is there anything I can do to restore the function of not being able to move a Read-Only file without a nagging confirmation

Thanks,
Notes
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#267941 - 11/10/14 04:27 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Win 8.1 drag&drop Read-Only file question for the gurus [Re: Notes Norton]
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#268010 - 11/11/14 09:14 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Win 8.1 drag&drop Read-Only file question for the gurus [Re: Notes Norton]
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Thanks, I got that far. It warns me before going into the trash.

But still when I left-click-drag-and-drop a read-only file from one folder to another on the same physical drive, it moves it without the nag message.

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#268013 - 11/11/14 09:21 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Win 8.1 drag&drop Read-Only file question for the gurus [Re: Notes Norton]
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Don't Win 8, but Windows behaviour since it's first launch.

Since I can't remeber when, when you left-click and drag,
  • you move a file to the new destination if it is on the same drive.
  • you copy a file to the new destination if it is on a different drive.

I usually have such templates on a different drive and just drag and drop to the new location on my working drive.

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#268015 - 11/11/14 09:36 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Win 8.1 drag&drop Read-Only file question for the gurus [Re: Notes Norton]
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I just use a utility called Total Commander. Works fine in Windows 8.1 or any other version.
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#268173 - 11/12/14 09:54 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Win 8.1 drag&drop Read-Only file question for the gurus [Re: Notes Norton]
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Thanks Matt, I'll look into that.

Guido, that's the way Windows works, but until Windows 8.1, if you left-click (moved) a Read-Only file from one folder to another, you would get a dialog box that said something like this, "Are you sure you want to move the read-only file xxxxxx.xxx?"

I normally rignt-click to copy a file on the same drive, so I get the choice in the pop-up menu, but sometimes I forget. Making a file Read-Only has always been a way to keep me from accidentally moving a template file.

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