Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. November 20, 2006
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Explore the System Attribute
If you've ran into a situation where you needed to remove the system attribute of a file, check this out. When you right-clicked the file in Windows Explorer and then chose Properties. You'll find that the System Attribute check box was selected, but grayed out so I couldn't change it. Then I checked some other files and folders I knew had System Attribute checked. I found that I couldn't change any of them.

"Is this normal behavior for Explorer or Windows NT Workstation 4.0? What can I do to change the system attribute?"

This is normal for Windows Explorer (although we suspect it's a bug). If you need to change the system attribute of a file, first open the Command Prompt. Now, to go to the folder that contains the file, type


and press Enter. Now, type

attrib -MyFile.ext -s

and press Enter. This will remove the system attribute from the named file.