4 Ways To Fix: You Don’t Have Permission To Save In This Location

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Trying to save files in a folder but can’t? Getting an error saying “You Don’t Have Permission To Save In This Location“? Well, you’re not alone as I also encountered the same problem most of the times while using Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 as well. The error message is sometimes different e.g Access Denied but the meaning is quite the same. I’ve shown all the easiest way to fix this problem.

Windows operating system is one of the most used desktop OS on Earth. Millions of people use a Windows machine to get their job done. But, sometimes we ran into some situation where users feel helpless and their desktop life becomes full of errors.

You don’t have permission to save in this location is one of such problem.  This simply means that Windows doesn’t allow you to save in a particular location. Maybe you’re trying to save any file in restricted older e.g mostly in C drive or the drive where Windows is installed.no permission to save in this location

As we know that we have to log in to your Windows account in order to access files and folders. But, if the account you’re using doesn’t have all the privileges to do change the files/folder content, you’ll surely get this error. The error message might include “Access Denied“, “You can’t save file here, Save it in Documents?” and much more like that.

Even if we are using Admin account, we’ll get this error. Windows operating system is getting secure with every build they release. This type of privileges to user accounts was introduced back in Windows 7. Now, it’s integrated into a newer version of the OS with different rules and different error messages are displayed to the user.

All the users who are kind of messing up with the system files and folders e.g system 32 will surely get this error message and it definitely makes sense. But, if you think that this error or warning is a mistake then you should follow my guide down below to quickly fix You don’t have permission to save in this location contact administrator Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 problem.

Methods To Fix You Don’t Have Permission To Save In This Location

Now, let’s dig into the methods and the steps you need to follow. This isn’t always true that you’ll get this error only while trying to save files in system folders. Maybe you’ve accidentally locked a folder and removed the privileges from the account you’re using right now to make changes to that folder.

First, I have to tell you the possible reason behind this problem. Maybe you are not allowed to access that folder, or folder is itself restricted. Read down the possible reasons behind this problem.

  • The folder might be restricted to write permissions.
  • Your account might be restricted to make changed to files in several parts.
  • You don’t have ownership of the folder whose files you’re trying to edit/change.
  • User control settings might be changed.

These are the four possible reasons behind you don’t have permission to save in this location error. I’m not telling that these are the only one, but the common one.

We now have the possible reasons which might be the same in your case. Believe me that by following these methods, you’ll be able to solve the problem even if it’s caused by some other reason.

Method 1. Changing The Folder Permission

This is the very common reason. Sometimes unknowingly or because of any software, the folder permission gets changed and we can’t do anything about it until we change the permission manually.

Windows OS gives the user the ability to control read, write and many other permissions so that unauthorized users can’t do manual changes with the file/folder. Follow the step by step guide given down below to fix this.

  1. Make sure you’re logged into your Admin account.
  2. Right click on the folder in which You don’t have permission to save in this location error message is displayed d select Properties.
  3. Then click on Security tab and you’ll see the permissions dialogue.
  4. Click on the Edit button and make sure Full Control checkbox is enabled.’
  5. Apply the changes, try again to save the file in that folder and you shouldn’t get an error message this time.

Once done, you shouldn’t get the error. Try changing the files/folder or save new files in the folder to check if it’s solved or not. If it’s solved, then no need to follow the next methods.

Users who aren’t still able to fix this should try the next methods. I pretty much sure that any of these fixes will surely work in your case.

Method 2. Check The Owners Of Folder

I’ve faced this issue when I was noob windows user. I’ve restricted a folder so that no one can access its file. But, one day I need to reinstall the OS and next time when I tried to access the folder, I wasn’t able to do that.

The reason was simple, as I’ve created a new user account and hence it doesn’t have all the required privileges to access the files contained int hat folder. It takes a few hours to figure this out. Maybe your user account also doesn’t have the permission to access that folder.

So, just follow the steps and give all the required access to your account to made changes to the folder.

  1. Right-Click on the restricted folder and choose Properties.
  2. Select the Security tab and choose Advanced option.you don't have permission to save in this location
  3. Now, Advance security options for the folder will appear. Under the Owner section, select Change option.change owner of folder windows
  4. A new dialogue box will appear, where we have to define a user or group. So, click on Advanced option once again.you dont have permission to save in this location
  5. Click on Find Now option and then a list of users and groups will appear.
  6. Search for your own username and then press OK.saving file in folder denied
  7. Apply all the changes made by you.
  8. Try saving files to the folder, your problem might get solved now.

That’s all you need to follow. this method is also very useful to solve Access Denied while opening folder issue with most of the users. Now you’ll have all the rights to make changes to the files and folder itself.

Users who are still getting you don’t have permission to save in this location message should switch to next method. It’s really very annoying that the issue isn’t still fixed, but keep calm and try next fixes.

Method 3. Change User Type To Administrator

Do you need to enter your Admin password to perform any action which requires Admin related privileges? Well, this simply means that your account isn’t the Admin account. But, you can change its type to the Administrative account in a few clicks.

  1. Press Win+R and type netplwiz , hit enter.
  2. Select your User account and click Properties.change normal account to administrative account windows
  3. Choose the Group Membership tab and select Administrative.change account type to admin
  4. Apply the changes and restart your PC.

Method 4. Minimizing or Disabling User Account Control

User account control is the technology used in the Windows operating system which allows admins to control some tasks. In short, it’s kind of software/technology which restricts users from doing tasks which are disabled by the Admins or the system itself. In Windows OS, it’s enabled by default and we can decrease the UAC settings with ease.

By minimizing it, some tasks get unlocked to all the users. Maybe it’ll be also useful in your case to solve you don’t have permission to save in this location problem.

  1. Press Win+R and type control panel.
  2. Then select User Account option.
  3. Choose Change User Account Control Settings option.change user account control settings
  4. A new window will appear, drag the bar to bottom and Apply the changes.disable uac windows


That’s all you need to do I hope your problem is now solved. I’ve tried to provide all the necessary methods whose success rate is very high to get this problem solved. There are many scenarios when I’m also facing the same issue but In my case, the methods shown above worked.

If you still have the same issue and when you’re trying to save a file in the folder, and it says you don’t have permission to save in this location, simply drop a comment down below with all the details and I’ll give you the perfect solution according to the details provided.

The basic reason is that user account you’re using isn’t allowed to make changes to the folder. It might happen after installing a software/antivirus or doing some manual changes in the system/folder properties. So, it’s always recommended not to change the system settings if you don’t know what those settings are all about.

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