1.    4 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Controlled folder access problems

    I turned on controlled folder access in latest Windows 10 and tested with a few programs I use. I tested by adding Libreoffice calc (c:\program files\libreoffice5\scalc.exe) as an allowed app. However, with controlled folder access on I can't save any spreadsheets that I modify in my Documents folder, which is one of the controlled folders. Same problem with saving an image from either Gimp or Photoshop Elements when I add them to the list of allowed apps.

    In its present state this feature seems pretty unusable.
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  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 4,133
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Hi NickJP.

    As a test could you allow Notepad as an app and then try to save to documents. Would like to see if an MS program is allowed.

    Any chance you moved your data files to a unique partition. If so how did you make move?

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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter

    The problems seem to be twofold:

    1. For some programs, after adding a program as an allowed app, it still can't save until a reboot is performed. After rebooting, I could then save the same file OK from Photoshop Elements, though I had made no changes to the protected folders or allowed apps settings in Windows Defender.
    2. The base program is not necessarily the one performing the file save. The Libreoffice spreadsheet shortcut runs scalc.exe. By using Process Explorer to see what was happening at the point where the spreadsheet save failed, I could see that under the parent scalc.exe process were also soffice.exe and soffice.bin. When I added those two as well to allowed apps, I could then save spreadsheets OK. Same problem with saving from Gimp, though there I haven't yet got around to figuring out what additional files need to be added to allowed apps.

    Particularly based on problem (2), this feature doesn't seem ready for prime time...can't see the average user using Process Explorer to figure out how to allow file saves when folder protection is enabled.
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 33
    win10 insider Enterprise

    I'm getting a toast, action center message with path to the program it wont allow to save a file. Problem I see is when you click that toast it takes you to the folder you are saving the file to, rather than the program that is saving the file to, so you can quickly add it to the Allow list.
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