Thursday, October 6, 2011


You don't Have Permission To Save In This Location | Fix Error Message

When downloading and installing a file you may get a error message "C:\Program Files…\…..exe.  You don't have permission to save in this location.  Contact the administrator to obtain permission. 

Would you like to save in the “some….” folder instead? "  Even trying to install them in different directories wont have good result as it may get back to the same error message. How to install the file or program?

Solution, the problem is, you may have an Administrator Account.. but your administrator account may not have a password. Administrator appears beneath your user name. And you might have skipped creating a password as you may be the only user.

You should always assign a password to all Administrator accounts, even though you are the only user. This helps when a malicious file tries to gain access to the system and is also necessary for all of the built-in security components to work properly.

The easiest solution is to download the file to the Desktop. Right click the file and select the Run As Administrator option to install.

But, Downloaded files saved to 'Desktop' are messy/unsightly/cumbersome. But the best practice to use the 'Downloads' folder which is located within the user account folder, and for which an entry is present on the Start Menu. This is the system 'default' save location for downloads.

Remember, in Windows 7, all Administrator accounts operate as normal user accounts unless you explicitly 'elevate' a function by using the run as administrator option or approve the UAC prompt when it pops up. 

If downloads have been stored elsewhere on the system already the user may not be currently getting prompted to store files in the default 'Downloads' folder.  This is easy to correct.  When the next download is conducted, when prompted for a save location browse to:

System drive -> Users folder -> User account folder -> Downloads.

Afterwards, the system will prompt with the correct download folder, for subsequent downloads.


  • 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).

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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