How to Solve unable to edit and save files in Windows 8.1 & 10

In Windows 8.1 and 10 OS the file permission gets set unusually by the operating system. This causes user of the computer unable to edit and save files in some folders, unless the application is running in “Administrator Mode”. This is a very common problem.

 

Symptoms of such protected folders are

  • You are unable to create new files as shown below. You will only be able to create new folder.

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  • When you try to save a file you get message “Access is denied”

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  • The documents open in only “read-only” mode

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  • Unable to save files

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  • File opens in only Read only mode

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  • Unable to save files

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  • User need to have administrator level access to delete files

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SOLUTION

Note : Don’t apply this solution in C: drive in which Windows OS has been installed

Note : You need administrator level access to apply this solution

You need to change permissions in file, folders or drives in which access is denied to edit & save files. It is better for most users that they change file permission of all the files and folders in a drive. In order to do so follow the instructions below

  • Right click on the drive in which you want to change the file permission
  • Select “Properties

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  • Select “Security” tab

 

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  • Click “Edit

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  • Click “Add

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  • Click “Advanced

 

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  • Click “Object types

 

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  • Untick “other objects“, “Built-in security principals” and “groups” as shown below
  • Click “OK

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  • Click “Find Now

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  • Select the username of the current account you are using. In my case the username is “Lenovo
  • Click “OK

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  • Click “OK

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  • Tick below “Allow” next to “Full control” as shown below
  • Click “Apply” and “OK

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  • File permissions being applied to files and folders. Do not click “Cancel”

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  • If you get errors like as shown below click “Continue

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  • Click “OK

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  • Now do the same thing with each partition of internal hard disk, except the C: drive in which Windows OS has been installed.