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  1.    11 Aug 2015 #11
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Right, so I can't go back. Still looking for a solution to the problem. I'm finding more 'solutions' on forums that don't work!
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  2.    11 Aug 2015 #12
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Posts : 48
    Windows 10 & 8.1 & 7

    JKD
    What machine do you have? If you are able to please update your systems specs. Are you currently on windows 8 or windows 10? How many HDD or SSD do you currently have in your machine? Any external drives?

    Any locations that you are able to save to? What locations are you not able to save to? Please write out the full path.
    example: C:\Users\generic old account\documents\ is location that I am unable to touch etc...
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  3.    11 Aug 2015 #13
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
    JKD
    What machine do you have? If you are able to please update your systems specs. Are you currently on windows 8 or windows 10? How many HDD or SSD do you currently have in your machine? Any external drives?

    Any locations that you are able to save to? What locations are you not able to save to? Please write out the full path.
    example: C:\Users\generic old account\documents\ is location that I am unable to touch etc...
    Hi Chris
    Dell PC that has been upgraded recently and has worked fine until I upgraded to W10 and got this problem.

    One HDD in the computer and one SSD plus an external drive.

    I can't save new documents anywhere first time, I'm always offered the chance to save at a higher level. Also if I try to open existing documents they are always opened as read only.

    I'm currently back on Windows 8.1 after upgrading to W10 and then reverting to 8.1.
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  4.    11 Aug 2015 #14
    Join Date : Mar 2015
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    Windows 10 & 8.1 & 7

    You are not able to save ANY file in ANY LOCATION? But you are able to view the contents of those locations? That's weird. You can always try formatting all the drives. On a more serious note please take a screenshot of your user folders, located under C:\Users\.
    What is your current user name?

    Please take a picture of the "properties" window for each folder I mention, I am interested in the security tab only. The folder: Users, your user that you are logged into, and the downloads folder.
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  5.    11 Aug 2015 #15
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Win10 Pro / Win7 Ultimate

    Quote Originally Posted by Jkd View Post
    Thanks, I am the owner of all the files and I'm also the administrator on the computer with complete control over all files etc. / except that I no longer have control! I upgraded from Windows 8.1 and on that had no problems.

    Anyone have any other suggestions
    I can assure you that the answer you are looking for is in the link I posted. The term 'OWNER' and 'ADMINISTRATOR' are used differently in Windows when it comes to file permissions. Direct your attention to Option 4. It can be tricky at first but once you understand how it works, you can set files/folders to your whim (and, hopefully, make your PC more secure).
    ...
    Just in case... Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  6.    11 Aug 2015 #16
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    Thanks, just to check I made no mistakes this is what I typed

    C:\Windows\system32>icacls "C:" /setowner "Administrators" /T /C
    with spaces as shown

    Because it is C: drive that I want to take ownership of. Is that all correct? Nothing changed when I did it so perhaps I've made a mistake.
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  7.    11 Aug 2015 #17
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Win10 Pro / Win7 Ultimate

    You can just type: icacls "C:" /setowner "Administrators" /T /C
    But before you do and for peace of mind, double check first on the Security tab. That is...
    (this is basically the one described in Option 4)
    Step 1: right-click drive C and choose properties
    (no step 2 or 3, as shown in Option 4)
    Step 4: Choose the 'Security' tab and click the 'Advanced' button (somewhere below that window)
    Step 5: The 'OWNER' of the drive/folder will be explicitly stated there. If it does not state 'Administrators', then you have to change it.
    It's all there in Option 4, believe me. The one you tried is Option 3 and is more for the advance users who are comfortable with such.

    After the owner has been properly set, then you can 'play around' with the permissions per 'user profile' or 'user group' (in the box just below the 'Owner'.

    EDIT: There should be a backslash after the colon symbol but it just does not appear in my post. I tried to use putting 2 backslashes instead but the final post still did not show it even though it appears on the preview. *confused*
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  8.    11 Aug 2015 #18

    My Mum has this problem as well but I just use steps 4 onwards and it usually corrects the situation.
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  9.    11 Aug 2015 #19
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    Thread Starter

    Thanks.
    I changed ownership of C: to administrators, it had been something else and checked this had occurred succesfully.

    Then I typed the correct text as you show into CMD with the forward slash after C:
    Then a lot happened - the cmd window showed that all? most? files in C drive were being modified.

    I've also re-checked that my account (the one I signed in with) is an administrator account

    But, nothing has changed, sill word documents open in read only, and I can't save them where I want. Is there something else I should have done?

    Regards
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  10.    11 Aug 2015 #20
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    Win10 Pro / Win7 Ultimate

    Now you need to check the permission settings and modify them accordingly. Having ownership of a file/folder does not mean you have the actual permission to do what you need to do. Be careful with changing permissions. For your own safety/sanity, just stick with changing permissions for the Administrators group on the 'user folders' (Documents, Pictures, Desktop, etc.).

    And yes, back to Option 4.
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