Attribute Changer

Attribute Changer


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 11 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.11
File Size:
3.07MB
Date Added:
July 28, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
52,661
Downloads Last Week:
240
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

As the name suggests, Attribute Changer allows users to quickly and easily change the attributes of files and folders. Its seamless integration into Windows makes it a good choice for users who frequently need to make these types of changes.

Once installed, the program is accessed by right-clicking on the file or folder in question. From there, the program opens, with its functions organized into tabs for folder properties, file properties, reporting, and settings. The program allows users to change the file type (hidden, compressed, read-only, and so on) and adjust date and time stamps. Although the built-in Help file does an adequate job of explaining the program's features, it's definitely not geared toward novices; the program and Help file both assume that users will have some experience with changing attributes and will know the hows and whys of doing so. For example, the Help file warns users "Be careful in changing the System and Hidden attributes. They are used by the Windows operating system to flag special folders." If you don't already know what you're doing, Attribute Changer isn't going to explain it for you. But if you are used to working with attributes, Attribute Changer is an accessible, easy way to quickly make the desired changes.

Attribute Changer is free to try, but there was no indication of whether there are trial limitations. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to intermediate and advanced users.

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  • 2 stars

    "Terrific at what it does"

    May 30, 2013   |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Attribute Changer 7.10c

    Pros

    Terrific at what it does.

    Cons

    Unfortunately installation of the latest version gives you no choice but to change your home page, add a toolbar, and change your default search engines. It also adds a program that downloads music from a very dubious source. So I did all that and then uninstalled everything but Attribute Changer and now it no longer works at changing attributes. Older versions were much more polite.

    Summary

    Not for the faint of heart.

    Updated on Jun 6, 2013

    (1) You have to be very careful when installing this program. If you aren't your homepage and default search engine will change and all sorts of programs and toolbars will be installed. I know that this is an ongoing trend in program installation but this program has more stuff than I have ever seen before.

    However, after declining everything I finally got the actual installer. Installation was trivial.

    This, simply put, is a GREAT program. I use it quite frequently. You don't have to start it. If you want to change the attributes of a file you simply right-click that file and along with everything else you see "Change Attributes". Click that and you're home free you can do just about anything that you want to do. NOTE: This program should only be used by advanced users. It does what it says it will and if you don't know what you're doing you can definitely harm your system.

    For advanced, cautious users this is a six star program, a tool that for us (IMHO) is without peer.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Program"

    April 15, 2013   |   By ageorgiev

    Version: Attribute Changer 7.1b

    Pros

    Interface is clean and easy to use.

    Latest version is 7.1c can be found at http://www.petges.lu/home/

    Cons

    None found.

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  • 5 stars

    "It was easy and did the trick"

    November 23, 2012   |   By nilbus

    Version: Attribute Changer 7.1b

    Pros

    I was able to use the windows find utility to find the files I wanted to change (in my case all desktop.ini files). I selected them all, right clicked, and I could change the properties for all the files in the context menu. Worked like a charm!

    Cons

    Nothing really

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  • 1 stars

    "worst software program ever, I'm not impressed"

    September 05, 2012   |   By wolfer426

    Version: Attribute Changer 7.1a

    Pros

    There are none.

    Cons

    After searching for a program that I could use to remove a read-only attribute from files on my desktop in Windows 7, I came across this one. It sounded promising but after installing it and attempting to run it, I discovered what a piece of crap this program is.

    Not only does it not work but it's about as effective as someone who has amnesia who's trying to remember where he lives. This is nothing more than a useless program that is as ineffective as a politician.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time with this one or you'll end up throwing your computer through an open window. I would've given it fewer stars but there's nothign lower than 1/2.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works as advertised"

    July 10, 2012   |   By gpmorris

    Version: Attribute Changer 7.1

    Pros

    It works as adertised

    Cons

    none......

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  • 5 stars

    "Absolutely great!"

    April 17, 2012   |   By ChrizK

    Version: Attribute Changer 7.0a

    Pros

    It works! Absolutely brilliant that I can use the 'Relative' function to add 5 hours to a batch of files (forgot to change camera time from UK to US).
    NB If I click OK, it makes the changes. Perhaps this is new to version 7.0a.

    Cons

    Not always obvious what will change, best to use 'Simulation' first.
    Although others say it is relatively quick, I found it fairly slow. Perhaps it is my machine.
    It is very annoying that it does not say it has completed. The program shows as unresponsive at times will it is working.
    If it was quicker(?) and said it had completed, it would be 5* for me.

    Summary

    Personally I think it is unfair people reviewing this with a low mark due to a possible virus. I downloaded from another site (soft*****) and have had no alerts. I run Symantec Security 2011 on Win7, downloaded version 7.0a. Not sure is people are getting false positives, if cnet have been hacked or they didn't get the file direct from source. I will be sending the developer a few ££££s using the PPal link.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very useful, I use it regularly"

    June 06, 2011   |   By brent3600

    Version: Attribute Changer 6.20

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Fast
    Intuitive
    Does what it claims to do
    Accessed from the right-click menu

    Cons

    In an older version, I ran into a glitch when trying to change the dates on a bunch of files. Don't know if that's corrected in the new version.

    Summary

    I use this regularly to remove annoying "read-only" attributes from thousands of files and folders at a time. I would have to find some other tool or maybe write my own to do this task if Attribute Changer didn't exist.

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  • 5 stars

    "does what it says - and it's freeware not 'free to try'"

    April 13, 2011   |   By i_edyshor

    Version: Attribute Changer 6.20

    Pros

    works as advertised

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    works as advertised - and it's freeware not 'free to try'

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  • 1 stars

    "Cannot Recommend - Bugs and Security Issues."

    February 12, 2011   |   By Wenger1

    Version: Attribute Changer 6.20

    Pros

    Interface is easy to understand and the integration with Windows Explorer is convenient.

    Cons

    Several issues during install with my system security software (Comodo) and red flags even when just opening the Help file, unlike any other App I have used.
    During use, this app froze my system and could not be terminated at all. Had to reboot.

    Summary

    Suggest you look elsewhere - there are both usage issues as well as questionable system security issues with this one. I have uninstalled and cannot recommend this software.

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  • 1 stars

    "Norton flagged as containing a back door trojan."

    September 11, 2010   |   By 67GTA

    Version: Attribute Changer 6.20

    Pros

    Was not able to run the program because of the virus

    Cons

    Contains a virus. Use at your own risk.

    Summary

    I would have expected CNET to scan before posting.

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