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Windows 7: Windows 7 64-bit, now no permission to save files from web to desktop

09 Feb 2014   #1
geercom

Migrating from XP Pro 32 bit to 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 64-bit, now no permission to save files from web to desktop

I am a one person shop in a home office. I am the sole administrator and sole user. There is no higher authority in my company than me. Suddenly just today, I do not have permission to save any kind of file from the web to my desktop. I cannot save them to the desktop, download them to the desktop, or create a shortcut from the web to the desktop.

Both Avira-AntiVir and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware say my computer is clean. I have tried takeown /F with no luck. What are the possible causes of this? Other suggestions to fix it? I typically do all support for my home office and computer and this has me stumped.

And while we are on this, it would be nice to have a simple, direct way to allow me to open any folder on my own computer and save to any folder on my computer as I have always had trouble with this, even when logged in as an administrator.

Help please. I am trying to work today and save research to the desktop and this is a pain the the rump.


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09 Feb 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Geercom,

Do you have this issue doing those actions to another folder (ex: C:\Users\(username)\Downloads), or is this only happening with your desktop?

Are your user folders still located in the default "C:\User\(user-name)" location?
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09 Feb 2014   #3
geercom

Migrating from XP Pro 32 bit to 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Only with desktop folder and only when saving files downloaded using the browser. My folders are all still in the default location.
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09 Feb 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case, open an elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below in the command prompt, and press Enter to see if that may help. It will restore the default attributes of your desktop folder.

attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /S /D


Next, double check to make sure that your account is the owner and has "Full control" permission of your desktop folder still.

(Option Three)
Take Ownership of file

You might see if adding "Copy to Folder" and "Move to Folder" may help with opening the folders you like.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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09 Feb 2014   #5
geercom

Migrating from XP Pro 32 bit to 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

BTW, my user name has always been my full name but the path I am saving to has always used only my first name as the user folder. Only as my user name does it have my full name where as everywhere else it only uses my first name. And none of the above helped.
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09 Feb 2014   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, since this has just started today, you could also see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started to hopefully undo and fix this.
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10 Feb 2014   #7
geercom

Migrating from XP Pro 32 bit to 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

System restore failed. The system quickly grew worse. I used the Paragon backup and restore CD to pull a complete backup from an external hdd then ran av etc and that solved everything.
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10 Feb 2014   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear that everything is ok now.
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