r/techsupport Aug 18 '22

Computer asks for administrative permission to create/delete files on my desktop Open | Windows

Hello, I had this problem a few months ago and haven't really been able to find a clear fix for this so I'm hoping I can find some help on here.

I am the only user of my desktop and suddenly (and seemingly for no reason) my computer has been saying that I need to provide administrative permission to create/delete/move files on my desktop. I can't even save things like notepad files to my desktop, and when I do I get a prompt that says something like "You don't have permission to save this here, would you like to save it to the documents folder instead?". I am the only user of my computer and have always been the system administrator so I'm not sure why this would be happening. Does anybody know of a way to fix this or why it's happening? Thanks!



u/commiecat Aug 18 '22

Do you know how to check the actual path of the desktop that you're saving to? Your user desktop should be fully accessible, however the desktop for all users requires elevation to modify. It could be a case where it's trying to save to the public desktop, or you might be using a temporary profile.

Your user desktop: %USERPROFILE%Desktop

All users desktop: %PUBLIC%Desktop


u/Killtherich102 Aug 18 '22

It's possible that a program changed permissions or ownership of a filepath at some point. I see this more with copying files from one computer to another.

Check out here and see if this works.


u/ExtremelyBanana Aug 18 '22

probably a corrupted user profile. I would suggest making a new admin account on the computer. testing there that you're able to create/delete/edit documents and folders on that desktop etc

then begin migrating your user account over -- there are some easy ways to do this, or you can do some of it manually too


u/coolUsername_taken Aug 18 '22

If you signed in on your laptop using a company/university email that has such restriction and gave the email administrative permission that could be the problem.


u/saxoni Aug 18 '22

Turn off UAC, see if that helps


u/mrshll Aug 18 '22

or just lower the setting a bit. not sure why the downvotes, that is the right answer.


u/commiecat Aug 18 '22

that is the right answer

It's an answer, but arguable whether it's the right one. User profile shouldn't require elevation no matter what UAC is set to. If it's a case of the desktop permissions having been modified, or these files somehow writing to the public desktop, then there are better solutions than disabling or lowering UAC system-wide.


u/Hias2019 Aug 18 '22

It is a workaround, not a solution. What then, leave uac off?


u/mrshll Aug 19 '22

It's not a toggle, it's a slider.


u/xlmidget Aug 18 '22

Had this problem with my computer before that I bought from Lenovo. Basically, they still had the rights to all my stuff even though I was admin. Had to send it in and clear it. Some demo-computer fuck up thing.


u/Technical_Yam3624 Aug 18 '22

Have you tried turning it off and on again?


u/Cuntable Aug 18 '22

Probably shit in Public folder, instead user folder.


u/Gods_Soldier_ Aug 18 '22

You will need to verify your user permissions in your GPO settings, you may need to google how to veiw your user permissions.