Permission problems after migrating desktop in Win 10 Pro x64

  1.    30 Oct 2017 #1

    Permission problems after migrating desktop in Win 10 Pro x64

    Hi there,

    So I thought it would be smart to keep my M.2 ssd system drive fairly clear and so migrated the location of desktop, documents, downloads etc to my D: drive.

    However a weird thing happens. All Microsoft progs, Office and windows native apps like notepad etc can save stuff to my desktop folders just fine but if I try to save from, for example, Sage or AutoCAD then Windows tells me that I don't have admin privileges to save in that location and offers to save in the root of the user folder instead. The account is an admin account.

    Tried setting full control on the desktop folder but no joy. The only way I can get non-MS progs to save on the desktop is by moving it back to the C: drive.

    I have absolutely no idea why this might be, maybe something to do with the environment variable path pointing in the wrong place? Pretty sure I've done this before on Win 7 builds without any problems. Does anyone have any idea what the problem may be? Thanks.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
       30 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi Seanin.

    You didn't say how you "Migrated" these folders. Were you following the the instructions in the tutorial?

    Move Location of Desktop Folder in Windows 10

    There is a whole series of these on Documents, Music, etc.

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  3.    31 Oct 2017 #3

    Hi Ken thanks for replying, I moved it exactly as in the tutorial you linked with the slight exception that I didn't create the folders at the location being moved to, Windows did it for me as part of step 3. Can't think why that small difference would result in the problem I'm having?
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
       31 Oct 2017 #4

    Obviously have a backup, maybe even create an Image with a tool like Macrium Reflect.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    I would say undo you changes, there is restore option, then follow the tutorial to the "T" and try it again.

    Myself I don't store files on desktop. I store in Libraries and then create shortcuts to key files and folders. That way all routines that backup libraries by default capture my data.

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  5.    03 Nov 2017 #5

    Hi Ken finally got around to trying that and hey presto it works. Thanks again.

    Now have to undo the botched move and do it as per the tutorial on three other systems.

    Wish I understood why the botched move is botched or even basically what's going on there!?
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  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
       04 Nov 2017 #6

    Great. just chalk it up to the wonders of Windows, life is to short.

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