Windows 10: Windows 10: You don't have permission to save in this location..... Solved

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  1.    12 Aug 2015 #31

    Luigi said: View Post
    Same problem here. Gosh this is such a fundamental thing: inability to access your own documents.

    Surely it's up Microsoft to fix this?
    Luigi, please create your own thread so that other users can cater specific instructions regarding YOUR issue. You can continue to monitor this thread if you like however, if you want help for your specific scenario please create your own thread be specific in places you can and you cannot make changes.

    If you want Microsoft to fix it they will tell you format all your HDD, wipe off all your data and reinstall windows. Which will take care of any software issues.
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  2.    12 Aug 2015 #32

    chris1neji said: View Post
    The owner for downloads on my system is not Administrator, this should be changed over to Jake on your end. Having it set to administrator will make it hard for anything to save documents there by default and will likely give you constant User Account Control popups. I can now say without a 90% certainty that your issue is related to permissions. Other 10 could be corruption, bad hardware or weird anomalies that happen on rare occasions. By default you are not administrator all the time in windows, you can switch back and forth between Admin that is the point of UAC.

    Please read option 4, especially step 8
    Owner of Files and Folders - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Thanks, I've changed all owners to Jake (me) but nothing has changed. All documents are still read only and can't be saved and new documents automatically become read only and the same pop up comes that tells me I don't have admin. rights. I see many others are affected by the same problem.

    I don't think it is bad hardware, the computer worked fine on Windows 8.1, this problem has come since loading Windows 10 a few days ago. The hardware was all checked recently by a computer specialist. That leaves corruption or weird anomalies, except that this is not such a rare problem, there are people on many forums reporting this problem. What do do?
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  3.    13 Aug 2015 #33

    Jkd said: View Post
    Thanks, I've changed all owners to Jake (me) but nothing has changed. All documents are still read only and can't be saved and new documents automatically become read only and the same pop up comes that tells me I don't have admin. rights. I see many others are affected by the same problem.

    I don't think it is bad hardware, the computer worked fine on Windows 8.1, this problem has come since loading Windows 10 a few days ago. The hardware was all checked recently by a computer specialist. That leaves corruption or weird anomalies, except that this is not such a rare problem, there are people on many forums reporting this problem. What do do?
    I think I've found a workaround. If you go to a folder's Security > Advanced > Effective Access and write in Administrators, you will see that Administrators get only Read permissions and everything else is "Access limited by" "Share". So I right clicked on the folder, clicked Properties > Sharing > Share and added Administrators with Read/Write permission level. I can finally save files into that folder.
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  4.    13 Aug 2015 #34

    bicelis said: View Post
    I think I've found a workaround. If you go to a folder's Security > Advanced > Effective Access and write in Administrators, you will see that Administrators get only Read permissions and everything else is "Access limited by" "Share". So I right clicked on the folder, clicked Properties > Sharing > Share and added Administrators with Read/Write permission level. I can finally save files into that folder.
    Glad you found that. Unfortunately, in my case when I tried your work around I found that administrators already had all permissions with no limitations. So still the problem continues for me
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  5.    13 Aug 2015 #35

    Dumbo's solution?


    Jkd said: View Post
    I've just installed Windows 10. Now I find I am unable to save documents. A pop up window says contact the administrator for permission. It is a private pc and I am the main user and administrator. I've seen lots of posts on other forums for exactly the same problem and several suggested fixes that don't work.

    Anyone suggestions?
    I have just updated from Windows 7 through an online invitation to do so by Microsoft.
    For me, this worked:
    1 Open the folder where you wish to save files, in my case "downloads".
    2 Select and right click on the folder.
    2 Click "Properties" on the dropdown menu.
    3 Click "Security" in the dialogue box.
    4 Click "Advanced" in the new dialogue box.
    5 Click the "Inheritance" box

    I am more or less computer illiterate , so this may not be completely accurate, but those who are cleverer than me will no doubt work out what I have done. The key seems to be the word "Inheritance." Quite likely it will not work for those who have not upgraded to Windows 10, or even for all of those who have.
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  6.    13 Aug 2015 #36

    For those of you who may continue to have issues, it may be the OneDrive bug. See here for details:

    Default Settings Causing Major - Microsoft Community
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  7.    14 Aug 2015 #37

    sheather said: View Post
    I have just updated from Windows 7 through an online invitation to do so by Microsoft.
    For me, this worked:
    1 Open the folder where you wish to save files, in my case "downloads".
    2 Select and right click on the folder.
    2 Click "Properties" on the dropdown menu.
    3 Click "Security" in the dialogue box.
    4 Click "Advanced" in the new dialogue box.
    5 Click the "Inheritance" box

    I am more or less computer illiterate , so this may not be completely accurate, but those who are cleverer than me will no doubt work out what I have done. The key seems to be the word "Inheritance." Quite likely it will not work for those who have not upgraded to Windows 10, or even for all of those who have.
    Glad that worked! Unfortunately, when I do that pop ups come up saying that folders can't be accessed so inheritance changes can't be made.
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    Win10 Pro / Win7 Ultimate
       14 Aug 2015 #38

    Hokay... I'm back from my own hidey-hole and it seems that you have not yet fully understood the Permissions part. Let's make it all simpler as that is my personal preference when it comes to my own PCs. This would probably require you to think different on how to utilize User Folders to your advantage. This method, for me, is 'smart' compared to many who prefer to 'brute force' their way into the whole drive. There is an important reason why Microsoft decided to implement this 'confusing' rules of ownership and permissions.

    In my Win10 laptop there is only one hard drive but has two partitions: drive C and D.
    - drive C is the system partition or where Windows is installed
    - drive D is where my 'user folders/files' are stored/saved (including games but not programs like Office et al.)

    In drive D, I created a folder for my 'user folders' which directly translates to a folder containing subfolders (Documents, Pictures, Videos, Downloads, etc.). I set drive D to be 'owned' by the Administrators group with 'full control' (not necessarily needed but I still chose to do so). I chose to apply such setting to all its current contents. This setting would also be applied to any future contents. Once done, I moved my each of my chosen 'user folders' to my preferred corresponding folders in drive D.

    For you guys who only have one partition or chose to stick with just one partition, here's how you can apply my above steps to your Win10 setup. An example would be like the following (and this would require you to use Option 4, YES! OPTION 4!):
    In the root of drive C, create a folder named 'MyFiles' (or your own username). Take ownership of it and assign 'full control' that will 'apply to this folder, subfolders and files' but do NOT choose to 'include inheritable permissions from this object's parent.' What you are doing here is that you want to assert your 'full authority' (like a boss) over this new folder and its current (and future) contents AND ignore whatever ownership and permission settings drive C is using. Any new folders/files you create in the 'MyFiles' (or whatever name you used) folder will definitely have your stamp of ownership with it.

    Next is 'to move' the user folders' location and contents to their new home. Inside 'MyFiles', you could create:
    - MyDocs ---> Documents
    - MyBeats ---> Music
    - MyPics ---> Pictures
    - MyVids ---> Videos
    - MyDesk ---> Desktop
    - MyDown ---> Downloads
    Feel free to add other user folders (like Contacts, Favorites, etc.) of your preference.
    If you are not familiar on how to move these folders, check the following link:
    User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
    It is from the sevenforums but what the images shows there are definitely the same as what you would see in Win10. If there are differences, they would most likely be very minor and it would not even affect what you plan to do. (I tried to look for a Win10 tutorial here but I wasn't able to find an equivalent.)
    For good measure or if you want to make sure that the newly-moved files/folders has your 'stamp of ownership', repeat the ownership+permissions step on the 'MyFiles' folder.

    And... that's it! The above method will work (unless there's something nasty hiding under the hood which in this case needs to be eliminated as soon as possible.)
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  9.    14 Aug 2015 #39

    ricorp said: View Post
    Hokay... I'm back from my own hidey-hole and it seems that you have not yet fully understood the Permissions part. Let's make it all simpler as that is my personal preference when it comes to my own PCs. This would probably require you to think different on how to utilize User Folders to your advantage. This method, for me, is 'smart' compared to many who prefer to 'brute force' their way into the whole drive. There is an important reason why Microsoft decided to implement this 'confusing' rules of ownership and permissions.

    In my Win10 laptop there is only one hard drive but has two partitions: drive C and D.
    - drive C is the system partition or where Windows is installed
    - drive D is where my 'user folders/files' are stored/saved (including games but not programs like Office et al.)

    In drive D, I created a folder for my 'user folders' which directly translates to a folder containing subfolders (Documents, Pictures, Videos, Downloads, etc.). I set drive D to be 'owned' by the Administrators group with 'full control' (not necessarily needed but I still chose to do so). I chose to apply such setting to all its current contents. This setting would also be applied to any future contents. Once done, I moved my each of my chosen 'user folders' to my preferred corresponding folders in drive D.

    For you guys who only have one partition or chose to stick with just one partition, here's how you can apply my above steps to your Win10 setup. An example would be like the following (and this would require you to use Option 4, YES! OPTION 4!):
    In the root of drive C, create a folder named 'MyFiles' (or your own username). Take ownership of it and assign 'full control' that will 'apply to this folder, subfolders and files' but do NOT choose to 'include inheritable permissions from this object's parent.' What you are doing here is that you want to assert your 'full authority' (like a boss) over this new folder and its current (and future) contents AND ignore whatever ownership and permission settings drive C is using. Any new folders/files you create in the 'MyFiles' (or whatever name you used) folder will definitely have your stamp of ownership with it.

    Next is 'to move' the user folders' location and contents to their new home. Inside 'MyFiles', you could create:
    - MyDocs ---> Documents
    - MyBeats ---> Music
    - MyPics ---> Pictures
    - MyVids ---> Videos
    - MyDesk ---> Desktop
    - MyDown ---> Downloads
    Feel free to add other user folders (like Contacts, Favorites, etc.) of your preference.
    If you are not familiar on how to move these folders, check the following link:
    User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
    It is from the sevenforums but what the images shows there are definitely the same as what you would see in Win10. If there are differences, they would most likely be very minor and it would not even affect what you plan to do. (I tried to look for a Win10 tutorial here but I wasn't able to find an equivalent.)
    For good measure or if you want to make sure that the newly-moved files/folders has your 'stamp of ownership', repeat the ownership+permissions step on the 'MyFiles' folder.

    And... that's it! The above method will work (unless there's something nasty hiding under the hood which in this case needs to be eliminated as soon as possible.)
    Unfortunately....... it didn't work. I created a new folder as you suggested, then checked its properties to make sure it didn't have the problem all the other folders have i.e. that it was tagged Read Only for all files and contents that would be put there. But sadly it too was tagged Read Only. When I unchecked the read only box, a pop up asked for confirmation which I duly gave. Then I closed properties. but on re-opening properties everything is tagged Read Only again.

    All the files in my computer and External HDD are tagged read only except those on desktop. If I plug the HDD into another computer they are not read only, so it is something that Windows 10 is doing.

    Any other thoughts?
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  10. ricorp's Avatar
    Posts : 19
    Win10 Pro / Win7 Ultimate
       14 Aug 2015 #40

    There's something wrong with your Win10 installation. That behavior is not what I see on my Win10 laptop.
    (I currently do not have my Win10 laptop with me but I'm pretty sure that is not how my installed Win10 behaves.)
    OR
    The changes you've made previously might have caused this scenario. Better start with a 'fresh set' if possible.
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