Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. November 22, 2004
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Explore the System Attribute
Regular file attributes, like Read-Only, Hidden and Archive can be set and changed right from a files Properties dialog by right clicking on the file and choosing Properties from the context menu that appears. The System Attribute, however, is a different story.

If you need to change the system attribute of a file, you'll have to do it from a Command Prompt window. After you have a command prompt window open, you'll need to navigate to the folder that contains the file whose attribute you need to change. After you're there, you'll need to type the following command to remove the System attribute from a file called MyFile.ext:

attrib -MyFile.ext -s