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Windows 7: Unable to save files on my desktop

18 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Unable to save files on my desktop

I run Win7 as an administrator but recently I have lost the ability to save files on my desktop or other library locations. I receive the following message:

"You do not have permission to save in this location
Contact the Administrator to obtain permission
Would you like to save in the My Documents folder instead?"

As something happened to my user account? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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18 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

See the suggestion worked for me.

I figured out the solution to this problem in Windows 7. I assume this will work with other OS too.

1. Right-click on the drive that is causing the problem.

2. Left-click on Properties.

3. Click on the Security tab.

4. In the first window click on Administrators (your computer name-PC Administrators).

5. Just below the window click on Edit.

6. Click on Administrators (your computer name-PC Administrators) again.

7. Here's the key to making it work. If Apply is grayed-out, check a box in the Deny column. It will then bring up Apply.

8. Check a box in the Allow column. It should check all of the boxes except the last one and uncheck all of the boxes in the Deny column.

9. Click Apply. It should run a scan of the files in the drive. When the scan is finished, click Ok. The first box should still be open.

10. In the first window, click on Users (your computer name-PC\Users) and repeat steps 5-9, of course clicking on Users (your computer name-PC\Users)
instead of Administrators (your computer name-PC Administrators).

NOTE: You may not have to click in the Deny column after the first scan is completed for step 10 as indicated in step 7.
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18 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Thanks, but that did not solve the problem

Still getting the same error message. My wife, also an adminstrator account, is able to write to the directory without any issues. That is why I believe it has something to do with my user account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Mar 2012   #4

windows 7 professional x32

hi there,
this will most likely not be the reason but just case,i had a similar problem and was at a loss but eventually found that a free programme i installed to hide folders was blocking me creating new folders.
hope this helps and good luck
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19 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks for the feedback but that does not appear to be the problem. I did a little more testing and found that I could save files in the following places:

My Documents
My Music
My Videos

However, I could not save files in the following locations:

My Pictures

This is so odd. Any additional insight would be greatly appreciated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Sep 2014   #6

Windows 7 x64 Home

GaryB0125 was on the right track however - I was getting the same message and here is how I solved it.

1. Right-click on the desktop folder INSIDE the profile i.e C:\Users\ProfileName\

2. Left-click on Properties.

3. Click on the Security tab.

4. Just below the window click on Edit.

5. Click on your user name in the box ie (Domain\Username)

7. In the below box - choose 'Full Control' and click OK

This will provide you permissions on the actual desktop under your profile. As soon as I did this, I was able to save files to my desktop.

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