Whenever I try to save a file to a system folder (from Notepad, if that matters) it gives me an error message box that simply says "Acess is denied.", even though I am an administrator.

So to edit files in system folders (ex: startup folder) I have to move the file to a non-protected folder (such as my desktop), edit the file, then move it back. This process can get really annoying!

Is there any way I can keep it from denying me access to system folders when saving files?


Right click on notepad and "Run as Administrator"

  • < Facepalm > I'll accept as soon as it let's me in 10 minutes.
    – PGmath
    Jul 29 '16 at 22:49
  • Do I have to open elevated notepad first then open it through that, or is there a way I can open the file from the file explorer (i.e. right click the file > Open With/Edit) with elevated privileges?
    – PGmath
    Jul 29 '16 at 22:56
  • You can use the Send to menu: create a shortcut pointing to notepad in %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo and edit its properties to set Run this program as an administrator in the Compatability tab. You may already have a shortcut for notepad there, in which case copy it and rename it to Notepad - Admin for the edited properties.
    – AFH
    Jul 29 '16 at 23:29

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