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Attrib (Recovery Console)

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What Is the Attrib Command?:

The attrib command is a Recovery Console command used to change the file attributes for a file or directory while in Recovery Console.

An attrib command is also available from the Command Prompt.

Attrib Command Syntax:

attrib [+r|-r] [+s|-s] [+h|-h] [+c|-c] [filename]

+r = This assigns the read-only file attribute to the file or directory.

-r = This removes the read-only attribute.

+s = This assigns the system file attribute to the file or directory.

-s = This removes the system attribute.

+h = This assigns the hidden file attribute to the file or directory.

-h = This removes the hidden attribute.

+c = This assigns the compressed file attribute to the file or directory.

-c = This removes the compressed attribute.

filename = This is the file or directory that you are wanting to change the attributes of.

Attrib Command Examples:

attrib +r c:\windows\system\secretfolder

In the above example, the attrib command is used to turn on the read only attribute, using the +r option, for the secretfolder directory located in c:\windows\system.

attrib -h c:\config.sys

In this example, the config.sys file located in the root directory of the c: drive has its hidden file attribute cleared by use of the -h option.

Attrib Command Availability:

The attrib command is available from within the Recovery Console in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Attrib Related Commands:

The attrib command is often used with many of the Recovery Console commands.

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