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Windows 7: My games won't save on steam

16 Jul 2012   #11
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

One thing I did previously before the latest clean install of 7 was backing up the user acount as well as source mod folders over to another drive and one or two mods had to be redownloaded to see them run again while the fresh install of all Steam regular titles have had no problems.

If you create a new save at the beginning of each game map those can be backed up while dumping any duplicates found. You would simply replay to those particular points to save again later anyways while keeping the start of the map type saves.

Another though that came to mind if it would work would be taking ownership over the designated folder in case the System Admin's protection over the user folders is hampering things in any way. Since this is an odd problem I had to think of odd causes since generally the system denies access to certain folders as a rule when browsing the drive. If the game installer created the sub folder under one of those that would explain the error.


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17 Jul 2012   #12
Coolaidd

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

On the 2k forums they said that the save error could come from a 0 KB folder within the "saved games" file of Bioshock itself. From what i Was reading is that deleting this file will fix the problem "doubt it". Also read about what you just said but i cant figure out how to allow admin priverages to bioshock when i find its laucher.exe, and click properties it doesnt give me the "run this program as admin" option. I'll see if the first thing works real quick... Hopefully it does..
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17 Jul 2012   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

What you would be doing as far as locating and taking ownership would be elevating permissions for your own user account over the individual folder itself. Rather then seeing it being a system protected folder where the game is unable to write to it the elevated permissions giving you full control would allow any program under your account to write to it as well.

Note this is one theory on how to get Bioshock and the others to start saving to each one's own folder. You could also try reniaming the present folder slightly and creating a new one in it's place with full user control to see if the game then starts saving files.

You can see the option to take ownership added to the right click menu options which comes in quite handy for any occasion which generally works well for things like this. Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

As far as wiping all present game saves in order to see if new ones will be written I would say that would be an unnecessary step which wouldn't solve the actual problem you are running into. But again that would be strictly upto you if you wanted to start everything all over fresh.
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17 Jul 2012   #14
Coolaidd

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I'll see if that work when I get home from work. If it doesn't any other ideas?
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17 Jul 2012   #15
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Did you Verify Cache Integrity ?

Click on the tab and it will go through the game registry and correct errors


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17 Jul 2012   #16
Coolaidd

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Yea I did that and it says everything is there I think I have a idea of what the problem is.. I have a HDD that is my C: and a solid state which is nothing yet. I think if I change to my SSD as My OS/c: and change the HDD to D:/ redundant drive than it will save. From what I was reading the save files save to the my documents folder; which I don't have since I have no D: drive except for the C:. If it works than I will have no problem with the save option. The only thing I'm worried about is have a secondary operating system on my HDD. An the main on my SSD. Do you think this will cause a problem?
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17 Jul 2012   #17
Coolaidd

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Didn't work.. At least I got my SSD installed now..
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17 Jul 2012   #18
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I could have told you changing the drive where you have everything installed wouldn't help any since you already tried reinstalling each game! But you wanted the SSD to be the OS drive which works in your favor for the effort at least!

As for the other Steam driven titles I have on here never going for Bioshock after seeing a demo the game saves are generally found in sub folder of the game's main folder found on the main top Steam folder. While many programs will tend to stash thing under the user account\AppsData folder like the MS Virtual PC or VM ware storing VM and VHDs there you wouldn't expect pc games to be storing saves under anything but the save folder in the program's main folder.

There's probably a workaround for this since it seems to be a persistent permissions problem where the game is trying to write to one folder while the system admin is simply saying "no way! access denied!" or something on that line of thought. You may want to see if you can email the support staff for that software company to see what they come back with on this.
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17 Jul 2012   #19
Coolaidd

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I went ahead and uninstalled steam and deleted all save files. I'm not to worried about playing the games over again. I'll install it tomorrow and redownload the bioshock and borderlands to see if that works. I had to do a system restore a few weeks ago so I think that might be the problem.
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17 Jul 2012   #20
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That could prove to be one possible source of the problem if something got knocked out but not restored in the registry. Like I was saying this is definitley one for the books since generally any full reinstall would automatically correct any problem similar to this at least.
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