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Hey Windows 8 experts,

I just installed Windows 8.1 and I notice that after installing some software and wanting to save the registration keys as a text file during setup I would get this error message:

"You don't have permission to save to this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission." Would you like to save to your Documents folder instead?

But once I say yes to saving to the Documents folder and completing the setup, I have no troubles moving the file to another location using the Windows file explorer. (I just have to confirm that I have admin rights when I do so)

Is this normal behavior?

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System One

  • OS
    Win 8 64-bit


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Yes it is totally normal. Windows by default protects the system folders like Windows and Program Files so that even an administrative user cannot save into them. As you mentioned you can save file in question elsewhere and then move files to these protected system folders but even then by default you will be asked to confirm the move and use built-in administrative rights, see screenshot:



My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Kari The Finn
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY 17-1150eg
    1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
    6 GB
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    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" laptop display, 22" LED and 32" Full HD TV through HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1600*900 (1), 1920*1080 (2&3)
    Hard Drives
    Internal: 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
    External: 2TB for backups, 3TB USB3 network drive for media
    Back from retirement, IT consultant
    As Envy runs a bit warm, I have it on a Cooler Master pad
    Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser (bluetooth)
    Logitech MX1000 Laser (Bluetooth)
    Internet Speed
    50 MB VDSL
    Maxthon 3.5.2., IE11
    Windows Defender 4.3.9431.0
    Other Info
    Windows in English, additional user accounts in Finnish, German and Swedish.
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