Can't save to c: root

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #11

    Why? I have done this for years under every other version of Windows. Have had no problems.

    logicearth said:
    You shouldn't be saving files to the root of the C drive. Either create a folder or user your USER directory.
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  2. Posts : 386
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32
       #12

    It's not a matter of "Why", it's a matter of getting your work done with the least amount of hate and discontent.

    So I take my own advise, "stop grumbling and jousting with windmills and find another way around the problem".
    MS doesn't like us saving files to the root directory of C:, so why not save them somewhere else?

    While setting up a new PC, or installing a new OS, I run a set of batch files, to install several of my programs into Windows.
    The root of C: would be an ideal place, but since it's forbidden territory, I just modify my batch files to Create a new directory under C: and then load my files there. No harm, no foul and Job Done. :)

    Live is too short to dual with the MS Gremlins. Just go around them. Eh?
    OH....and if you've not installed "Grant Admin Full Control" yet, it's about time you did!
    I call that "Take Ownership" on Steroids! :)
    It lets you right click on any file or folder in the PC, except C:\, and then become the Owner of it.
    That just makes Life With Windows so much easier.

    Cheers mates!
    TechnoMage
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  3. Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       #13

    rkymtn said:
    Sorry, I don't have Users & Groups in the Tree List. I have Systems Tools, Storage, and Service & Application. I didn't see Users & Groups under either of these.

    By the way, I have moved UAC all the way down.

    That's why I refuse to use Windows Home Anything, they yanked that out of the system and for me it's just about unusable without it.
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  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 64bit
       #14

    Iyho


    logicearth said:
    You shouldn't be saving files to the root of the C drive. Either create a folder or user your USER directory.
    The OP asked a question. He/she had a reason to do so because he/she wanted to be able to do this. This response is a totally subjective one, imposing a subjective view on what the OP should or should not be doing. The question was "how do I do this?" NOT "Should I do this?" If you can't attempt to answer the question why bother posting? Or at least preface your opinion with IMHO or suchlike.
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  5. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1
       #15

    cjenk114 said:
    The OP asked a question. He/she had a reason to do so because he/she wanted to be able to do this. This response is a totally subjective one, imposing a subjective view on what the OP should or should not be doing. The question was "how do I do this?" NOT "Should I do this?" If you can't attempt to answer the question why bother posting? Or at least preface your opinion with IMHO or suchlike.
    First of all, this thread is six month old. Now, suppose a kid tells you he wants to jump out of the window, but can't open it. Would you explain to him how to open the window or would you rather ask why would he want to jump and explain that maybe that's not such a good idea?
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  6. Posts : 123,684
    Windows 11 Pro (x64) 21H2 Build 22000.708
       #16

    unifex said:
    First of all, this thread is six month old. Now, suppose a kid tells you he wants to jump out of the window, but can't open it. Would you explain to him how to open the window or would you rather ask why would he want to jump and explain that maybe that's not such a good idea?
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  7. Posts : 1
    Win 10 Pro
       #17

    Thanks for nothing


    unifex said:
    First of all, this thread is six month old. Now, suppose a kid tells you he wants to jump out of the window, but can't open it. Would you explain to him how to open the window or would you rather ask why would he want to jump and explain that maybe that's not such a good idea?
    I came to this forum with the same question. First of all I'm an adult and an experienced computer user back to the days of CP/M, so I think I'm smart enough to be able to manage files in my root drive. What I don't need is someone telling me how I should set up my system, or where I should save my files. A computer that I have to shadow box with to do things its way instead of how I want to do them does not help me. And the "our way or the highway" attitude belongs over at Apple and MacOS, not here.

    So, 6 months later I'll pose the same question as the OP did once again, and if you don't have an answer as to HOW, please keep your opinions on how I should set up my computer to yourself
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  8. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #18

    It's isn't about my way or the highway. It's about common sense and following good computer practices. That has always been a sign of a computer novice to try to or want to save files to the root of C. There's simple no reason for doing so, and it leaves the door open for many other issues. When you buy groceries, you don't try to store them in the engine compartment of your car, right? The only thing results that can come of this are negative. There are user folders, the Desktop, or a second data drive (in some computers) available for use.
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  9. Posts : 1,249
    Windows 10 Pro
       #19

    When someone asks how to do something that is contrary to standard practice it is more than reasonable to point this out. That is providing responsible advice. In many cases the op simply wasn't aware of the situation and was grateful for the information.

    Standard practice in Windows has always been to put files in folders, not the root of C. It is not a good idea to depart from standard practice unless you have a really good reason for doing so. If someone is able to provide such a reason I would consider explaining how. I haven't seen that happen in this thread.
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows
       #20

    LMiller7 said:
    If someone is able to provide such a reason I would consider explaining how. I haven't seen that happen in this thread.
    Great! As a CS graduate that's been programming since the TRS-80 came out, I fully understand the reasons behind the Windows security and their reason for protecting the root folder. However, many people have to upgrade systems (business requirements, no exceptions allowed) yet continue to run older software.

    I'm upgrading a stand-alone system in a physically controlled space (no Internet connection, no risk of Malware or Virus, etc.) from Windows XP to Windows 10. Part of the systems function is to generate a report. The report generator creates a PDF file, unfortunately, in the root folder. The report generator was created long ago (not by me, I never would have done that) and the source code is not available. The report generator works from an Admin account, but not from a User account. Policy does not allow me to grant Admin privileges to all the individuals who may need to generate a report.

    So LMiller7, if you actually know how to configure Windows 10, so that a User account can create a file in the root folder, that would be awesome.
    Thanks
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