I cannot save on my Desktop


Joanne

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Hello,

I've started facing an issue very recently without any reason, as I've not made any changes.

I cannot save a file on my Desktop.

So, for example, I open Notepad and type something. Then I go to File/Save and select to save it on my Desktop. I am getting a message saying:
"You don't have permission to save in this location. Contact the Administrator to obtain permission. Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?"

Similarly, if I take a screenshot and try to save it on my Desktop, I am getting the same message, saying: "Would you like to save in the Pictures folder instead?"

- Why is it happening and how can I fix it?

I am the only person using this laptop.

Thank you
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
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    HP Envy 17
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    Intel Core i7 1260P
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    Intel Integrated SoC
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    32 GB
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Hello again,

I think I've resolved the issue by doing the following:

Allow Full Control:
Right-click on the folder where you’re trying to save the file.
Go to “Properties.”
Under the “Security” tab, click on “Edit” to change permissions.
Select the administrator user from the “Group or user names” section.
Put a tick mark on “Allow” for “Full Control.”
Apply the changes and click "OK"

Another way is to run each application as Administrator.

Thank you
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
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    HP Envy 17
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 1260P
    Motherboard
    Intel Integrated SoC
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K UHD IPS
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    1 TB PCIe NVMe
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbit / 100 Mbps
    Browser
    MS Edge
Other custom folders - Music, Pictures, etc. are available ?
Windows Terminal as Admin
Get-Acl C:\Users\<your_name> | FL
 
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Hi, yes, I've just saved a Word document on my Pictures Folder, it seems to work now

What does the command you suggest do? :)
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Intel Core i7 1260P
    Motherboard
    Intel Integrated SoC
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" 4K UHD IPS
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    3840 x 2160
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    1 TB PCIe NVMe
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You should run scan sfc/now to fix permissions and repair corrupted files and then reboot when when done.

Does the issue reoccur on login? If not, considered it solved.

If it hasn't been fixed, you'll need to reset your PC and do an in place upgrade. Good luck!
 

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    Intel® Core i7 5500u
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    HP
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    8 GB
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You should run scan sfc/now to fix permissions and repair corrupted files
Just to be clear for anyone reading this, SFC deals strictly with system files/folders. It does absolutely nothing to user files/folders.

In my experience, SFC has not fixed any messed up permissions on system files/folders either, though it can fix file corruption in system files. If somehow one's system file permissions get screwed up to the point one can not easily manually change to the correct permissions , I suggest a repair install which will fix all system permissions to what they should be.

If a user has permission issues on his personal files/folders, one has to do as the OP did and manually change those permissions. Dependent on how badly user permissions get messed up, many times I've found it is much easier to create a new user account to straighten them out completely.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
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    Logitech wireless
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
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    Cooling
    Dell factory
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    Logitech wireless
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    still not telling
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@Glasskutter
I have on occasion tweaked a few permissions hoping to either allow or correct an issue. I have used it sparingly and was careful.
One question I have is this: Assuming mistakes are made while tweaking permissions, is it possible to look at an unaltered profile of the same type you are tweaking and then set the changed ones to be the same as the unaltered profile? Just curious. Thank you.,
 

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    AMD Ryzen 3 3200G with Radeon Vega Graphics
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    MSI B450 Tomahawk
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    Corsair DDR4 32g (29.9 GB usable)
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Follow this tutorial to add the reset permissions context menu and then use it on your desktop folder under c:\users\yourusername\

 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Ryzen 7 6800H
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    32 GB DDR5 4800mhz
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    RTX 3050 4GB Vram
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    1920 x 1080
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    2TB Solidigm™ P41 Plus nvme
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    800mbps down, 20 up
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    12GB DDR4
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    256 GB Samsung ssd nvme
Assuming mistakes are made while tweaking permissions, is it possible to look at an unaltered profile of the same type you are tweaking and then set the changed ones to be the same as the unaltered profile? Just curious.
I don't think there is a cut and dried answer to that question. IMO Possibly but not necessarily. It would depend on the circumstances and exactly what was tweaked. We've seen cases here where a user attempted to take control of one of Windows folders (and even Windows itself) and ended up royally screwed up as not all the files have the same permissions or ownership.

My opinion is based on what I have encountered in the past and not by any great knowledge of ownership and permissions. There are users here that know a lot more than me about it. Regarding user files, I am much freer to use the "take ownership" option I've added to my context menu.
But when it comes to system files, I'm a "better safe than sorry" user. While I have on a very rare occasion TEMPORARILY changed ownership on a Trusted Installer file before, my general rule of thumb is to not mess where I shouldn't be messin'. But that's just me. If I'm gonna mess with permissions in any way, I make darn sure I have a current image to restore if I mess up.

tutorial to add the reset permissions context menu
Good to know about that tutorial. Thanks. But Brink says in the remarks it does not apply when one has taken ownership (which is what we see most about in the threads here where one has taken ownership where he shouldn't have.) So the tutorial wouldn't help in those cases.
If I'm wrong in my understanding of that, someone please let me know.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Hello again,

I think I've resolved the issue by doing the following:

Allow Full Control:
Right-click on the folder where you’re trying to save the file.
Go to “Properties.”
Under the “Security” tab, click on “Edit” to change permissions.
Select the administrator user from the “Group or user names” section.
Put a tick mark on “Allow” for “Full Control.”
Apply the changes and click "OK"

Another way is to run each application as Administrator.

Thank you


True, the wrong folder permission was the reason for this problem. Have you run any Apps or commands prior you see the problem that changed the default folder permission?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8GB
    Browser
    Edge
@andrew129260 Though this is a 2022 tutorial, look what Brink just put in the latest tutorial section.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
@glasscuter
Thank you. I usually try to err on the safe side. Not a big fan of haviong to repair errors of my own doing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Pro Retail Upgrade to Win 10 Pro, to Win11 Pro 23H2 OS( Build 22631.3235
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 3 3200G with Radeon Vega Graphics
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 Tomahawk
    Memory
    Corsair DDR4 32g (29.9 GB usable)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon Vega 8
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB (SATA (SSD))
    931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 (SATA )
    Seagate BUP 4TB USB3 (This drive died at one year)
    (3) Seagate BUP Slim 2TB USB3
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500G USB3
    PSU
    Corsair TX 750W
    Case
    Cooler Master tower
    Cooling
    3 generic fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech Backlit USB
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    T-Mobile 5G 100+ Mbs
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender and Malwarebytes Prem
    Other Info
    A bunch of legit software
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