Folders and Files are Read Only
My problems started when I reinstalled Windows 10 (I believe this issue may also effects Windows 7 and 8). I tried to save my new file to a folder I had created and used for many years, but windows wouldn't let me? The message I received stated that: "You don't have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission."
I am the administrator:
- Whatever I did I could not take control of the folders and save the file to the location I wanted?
- I tried changing the read only attribute in the folder properties, but it always reverted to read only?
- I changed my permissions in the folders properties under the Security tab. Although it said I had full control, I Still wasn't able to save my document to the location I wanted, (even though I was the administrator with full control?).
I had tried all sorts of solutions in various forums, but none would work?
Folders and Files are Read Only - The Solution
What was happening? It looks like Windows was still in overall control. A bit like booking the day off to go fishing, but your boss tells you that you can't!
How do we change this (get promotion and become the boss!). Your operating system will have a folder called Users, normally under the c:\ drive. I changed my security permissions on this folder and 'Bingo' it worked! Problem solved.
I was now able to save my files where I wanted. If you have more than one drive, such as d:\ you may need to change the permissions in these additional drives as well. Remember, the key for gaining overall control is the user folder on the drive where windows is installed (usually C:\ drive - see the image above).
Below is a short video on how I changed my permissions. Please note that any changes to your operating system is at your own risk.