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Strange error - opening zip files causing Read Only message



  • I’ve been getting sporadic but persistent messages about my zip archives being read only and getting this message -

    “The zip files are read only. Would you like to unlock files for use?”

    This is happening very recently and I don’t know what’s causing this problem.

    I’m using PowerArchiver 2010 .61 version. Can you guys please fix this or if not…send me a private build that fixes this?

    I first noted this issue a few days ago whenever downloading zip files from the XYplorer Beta forum for updating my file manager.

    Thanks.



  • Not seen this myself - so obvious questions …
    Are you sure:-
    a) the Zip file is not marked as Read Only?
    b) the folder containing the Zip is not Read Only?

    Also which Windows version do you have ?
    Your exact PA version? (11.61.07 is “latest”).

    … downloading zip files from the XYplorer Beta forum…

    Tried to check but appears to be members only access.



  • @TBGBe:

    Not seen this myself - so obvious questions …
    Are you sure:-
    a) the Zip file is not marked as Read Only?
    b) the folder containing the Zip is not Read Only?

    Also which Windows version do you have ?
    Your exact PA version? (11.61.07 is “latest”).

    Tried to check but appears to be members only access.

    If 11.61.07 is the “latest”…how come I don’t have this?! I only have 11.61.06! Please send me the link. When I do an upgrade check…I keep getting that 61.06 is the “latest”. So getting the new beta might help quite a bit thank you very much.

    I have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (never getting Service Pack 3, sorry). The zip files are not marked as Read Only. I’ve never had this problem before. It started on December 30th. There’s no particular reason why this should happen…I haven’t done ANYTHING to my computer to cause this. I did a virus check…nothing.

    About the XYplorer beta site…yeah - it’s for registered users. But you can download the beta for free to “test” it.



  • Okay…I seem to have received a link to the latest beta…because I don’t see this reflected on the download page. Mine now says my installed version is the 11.61.07 version. The one on the download page only says its for the 61 version? And it’s from Dec 3rd…which is the older version I believe.

    In any case I’m going to test this on some zip archives once I get a new beta release for XYplorer and see if I still get the read only error message. I never got the read only error message before. I notified the admin of the XYplorer site and I was told he didn’t change anything which might account for this.



  • Just downloaded a new zip file and I’m still getting the read only warning. I don’t know why I’m getting this message. It’s something I’ve never seen before when opening archives. Is there a setting in Powar Archiver that can AUTOMATICALLY convert read only zip files so I don’t see this message?

    PS. I had a chance to save the file using the Save Link As option since PowerArchiver is the default application to open zip file format. Once I saved the archive…I opened it up in Winzip 11.

    I didn’t get the Read Only warning in Winzip. It was able to open the zip file with no warning about the files in the archive in read only. So my preliminary conclusion is you have a problem with PowerArchiver getting confused about the read/write status of files in archives.

    Please fix.


  • conexware

    if you use open instead of save in your web browser, file is sent to the temp folder and deleted afterwards… this is probably what the message is all about. What browser do you use?

    edited for more info



  • Well, if it was a general PA problem I think we would all see it (and be able to reproduce it).
    How are you opening the ZIP with PA -
    using windows explorer - right click shell menu?
    using windows explorer and “double clicking” the filename?
    from within PA itself?

    @Hagen:

    Just downloaded a new zip file and I’m still getting the read only warning. I don’t know why I’m getting this message. It’s something I’ve never seen before when opening archives.

    Is the problem only with these XYplorer zips?
    Or is the problem with any downloaded zip files?

    Quick test - Do you see the problem with “Tutor.zip” (in PowerArchiver folder) or with “Example.zip” from the WinZip folder?

    @Hagen:

    Is there a setting in Powar Archiver that can AUTOMATICALLY convert read only zip files so I don’t see this message?

    No, such an option could be considered a security risk.

    @Hagen:

    I didn’t get the Read Only warning in Winzip. It was able to open the zip file with no warning about the files in the archive in read only.

    After opening with Winzip; close Winzip and then try PowerArchiver on the same file, do you still get the warning?
    If so, we “know” it is not (for example) a browser/anti-virus file locking problem.

    P.S. Is the problem reported for the ZIP file itself or for a file within the ZIP file? In other words, when just trying to view contents or when trying to extract the contents or … ?



  • I reopened the same file after I closed Winzip and used a different browser - namely Opera. When it launches Power Archiver I don’t get the read only error message. So it appears to be a Firefox plug in that’s causing this. I can’t for the life of me know which one is doing this.



  • @Hagen:

    I reopened the same file after I closed Winzip and used a different browser - namely Opera. When it launches Power Archiver I don’t get the read only error message.

    Sorry - are you using an Internet browser to load files from your hard disk or are you downloading the file again?
    Either case could be the browser “locking” the file.
    @Hagen:

    So it appears to be a Firefox plug in that’s causing this. I can’t for the life of me know which one is doing this.

    I suppose you mean extension (not plugin); quick check by starting Firefox(Safety Mode) which disables all extensions - not Windows safety mode!


  • conexware

    He is using Open instead of Save As when downloading files via Firefox.

    What this does is saves file to the temp folder, and it is automatically deleted later on when system needs more space.

    I am pretty sure this has a lot to do with it!



  • Spwolf, that was my first thought - but then he said
    @Hagen:

    I had a chance to save the file using the Save Link As option since PowerArchiver is the default application to open zip file format. Once I saved the archive…I opened it up in Winzip 11.

    I didn’t get the Read Only warning in Winzip.

    And I was trying to find out if he got the message when opening that same file (from his hard drive) and not a new download.
    But then
    @Hagen:

    I reopened the same file after I closed Winzip and used a different browser

    So now I am confised - unless he downloaded again and didn’t try to open the saved file as I was asking.


  • conexware

    he used Save as and it worked ;-). When he uses Open, it sets read only on it ;-).



  • Is there some way to disable the read-only notice?


  • conexware

    Options> Config> Misc> Disable read-only warning.



  • Thank you! I tried find it from options but clearly I wasn’t just looking hard enough.


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