Windows 7 / Word 2003 false "read-only" problem

by PhilipCohen2 - 11/25/11 7:52 PM

In Reply to: Word files suddenly become read only by 1Chris

Same problem here.
Windows 7 / Word 2003 false "read-only" problem
I very recently upgraded to Windows 7 Pro x64 on new hardware. I am still using MS Word 2003. I have a Word file that I usually have open and regularly update and "save" but after doing only a couple of "saves" Word decides that the file will thereafter be "read-only" and presents me with the "save as" dialogue; the file is NOT read only and it is a nuisance having to delete and rename the resulting multiple files all the time.
(I do recall a few years ago, under Windows XP, when regularly saving an open Excel file that the same quirk used to pop up occasionally, but never then on a Word file.)
On cancelling the save, the title bar of Word adds to the file name the suffix "(Read-Only)".
However, regardless of the circumstances, an examination of the properties for this file, at all times, indicates that the file is NOT "read only".
I have tested the problem file on my laptop that is still running Windows XP. No problem there: it seems that I can make as many saves as I like on XP; indeed I had no problem with this file on my previous desktop running XP. Therefore it is a problem with Windows 7 or at least a problem with files created on XP ...
I've tried creating a new Word 2003 file on Windows 7 and copying the data from the XP-created file thereto. I then modified and saved the file multiple times. Word presented me with the "Save as" dialogue when I attempted the fifth save. So the effect is habitually reproducible but it's not even consistent with the number of saves it will allow before it goes to its false "read only" mode.
Unchecking "Save AutoRecover info" made no difference for me.
So, it appears to be (still) just a Windows problem.
Very frustrating ...