You don’t have permission to save changes to this file [FULL FIX]

Milan Stanojevic
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Users have reported that they get this error message It looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file, whenever they try to edit a photo in Windows 10.

Here’s how one user reported this issue on Microsoft Answers:

When I try to save an edited photo (literally all I did was just crop it a bit) I get this error message. It exactly says: “Try saving a copy instead. It looks as though you don’t have permission to save changes to this file.”I tried saving the photo as a copy but I got the exact same message. I’m an administrator. What can I do to fix this?

Getting this error when trying to perform low-impact changes to your Windows 10 images is extremely annoying. All the users that have encountered this issue are saying that they have administrator rights on their PC.

In this article, we will explore some of the best ways to deal with this issue. Read on to find out how to do it.


How can I fix You don’t have permission to save changes to this file error?

1. Run the photo editor software as admin

  1. Navigate to the location of your preferred photo editor software.
  2. Right-click on the icon -> select Run as administrator.Run photo editor software as admin - you don't have persmissionto save changes to this file
  3. Edit your photo again, and then try to save the file.
  4. If the issue persists, please follow the next method.

Note: In case you’re using the Windows 10 built-in Photos app to edit your photos, skip to the next method.


2. De-activate your antivirus software temporarily

antivirus software options - you don't have permission to save changes to this file

  1. It is recommended that you temporarily shut down your antivirus protection to be sure that is not causing the issue. Depending on the antivirus you’re using these steps will vary.
  2. After you’ve temporarily stopped the antivirus service, please try and edit your photo again.

Note: Please make sure to re-activate your antivirus protection after trying this method.


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3. Run DISM command PowerShell (Command Prompt)

  1. Press the Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select PowerShell (Admin).Windows PowerShell Admin - you don't have permission to save changes to this file
  2. Inside the PowerShell window -> paste this command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.Powershell with dism command - You don't have permission to save changes to this file
  3. Press Enter and wait for the process to finish.

4. Run SFC command in PowerShell (Command Prompt)

  1. Press the Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Type sfc /scannow inside PowerShell -> press Enter.Powershell with sfc command - You don't have permission to save changes to this file
  3. Wait for the process to complete, and try to see if the issue is resolved.

In this article, we explored some of the best troubleshooting methods to deal with not having full access to edit your photos even though you have administrator privileges.

Please feel free to let us know if this guide helped you solve your issue by using the comment section below.

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