FIX: Access Denied on Drive C:\ – Cannot Save or Create files in Windows 10, 8, 7 OS (Solved)

Last updated on June 3rd, 2020

If you try to create or to save a file on the root folder of drive C:\, and you receive the error "Destination Folder Access Denied: You need permission to perform this action", continue reading below.

By design and for security reasons, Windows 10, 8 & Windows 7 don't allow users (even Administrators) to save files in the root folder of drive C:\. So, when the user tries to create a file in the root folder of drive C:\  (using notepad or another program), Windows displays the error "You don't have permission to save in this location".

In Windows 7 OS the only action you have to perform in order to save files at this location (C:\) is to Turn Off UAC (User Account Control) settings from the control panel, but in Windows 8 OS (or Windows 8.1) this procedure doesn't work any more and you have to disable the UAC through Windows Registry. Keep in mind that disabling UAC on your system is not a secure practice because it may allow malware programs to compromise your system. In my opinion and according to my experience, "UAC" is a little annoying security precaution because you always have to answer to a recurring popup window for almost any action you want to perform to your computer.

In this tutorial I 'll show you how to disable UAC in Windows 10, 8.1 (or Windows 8) and resolve the "Access Denied Error" when you try to create (save) a file on the C: drive's root folder. (This solution also works for Windows 7 and Vista OS.)

How to FIX: Cannot Modify, Copy or Save Files on root folder of Drive C: on Windows 10, 8, 7 OS.

In order to be able to modify, save or create a file on the root folder of the drive C: in Windows 10, 8 or 7 OS, you have to disable the UAC (User Account Control) through the Windows Registry. To do that, follow the instructions below: *

* Note: If you to modify User Account Control (UAC) sensitivity level then read this tutorial.

1. Press “WindowsImage-201_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb1_t  + “R” keys to load the Run dialog box.

2. Type “regedit” and press Enter.


IMPORTANT: Before you continue to modify the registry, first take a registry backup. To do that:

a. From main menu go to File & select Export.
b. Specify a destination location (e.g. your Desktop), give a filename (e.g. “RegistryBackup”) and press Save.

3. Inside Windows Registry, navigate (from the left pane) to this key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\


4. At the right pane double click at EnableLUA DWORD value.


5. Change the value data from 1 (one) to 0 (zero) and click OK when finished.*

* Note: Set the value to 1 (one) anytime you want to re-Enable UAC on Windows.


6. Close Registry editor and restart your computer.

You 're done!

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