Windows 10: Default User Directory No Permission - is that right?

Discus and support Default User Directory No Permission - is that right? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I have a crowded desktop and reducing the icons in my user desktop directory didn't help much so I figured they're all in the default user directory.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by abrogard, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. abrogard Win User

    Default User Directory No Permission - is that right?

    I have a crowded desktop and reducing the icons in my user desktop directory didn't help much so I figured they're all in the default user directory.

    but when I went to get in there I go told I had no permission.

    when I looked at the permissions nothing seemed to have any permissions. I am logged in as an admin.

    What should the situation be and how can I safely change it to let me clean up some of those desktop icons?

    win10 latest ver

    abrogard, Sep 7, 2020
  2. Try3 Win User

    Default save directory for Word not be User.


    I found some screenshots that show that I also had to take some action in the System tray [the "Notification area" in Win10-speak] -

    - Step 1 - SysTray, right-click on OneDrive icon, select Settings

    Default User Directory No Permission - is that right? [​IMG]
    - Step 2 - clear the checkbox for starting with Windows
    Default User Directory No Permission - is that right? [​IMG]

    Whilst my written notes do not refer to this action, I must have done it in order to have taken screenshots of doing so. And some of the trimmed-out bits of the screenshots prove that I was in a local account [not an MSAccount] when I did this.

    Try3, Sep 7, 2020
  3. No permissions


    I would suggest you to right click on the user's folder for your profile and check if the permissions shows as "read only'. If this is the case, it might be causing the issue. In this case, I would suggest you to go to C:\User folder, right click on the
    folder with your username and follow these steps:

    • Open the properties of the main user profile folder where the files are located (such as Documents, Pictures, etc).
    • Go to the Security tab and click Advanced.
    • Check the box at the bottom of this window. It is labeled "Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" and then click Ok.
    This does a one-time action that replaces the security on all the files/subfolders. It’s one-time, so you won’t find that box checked if you peek at it later. Try these steps and let us know the results for further assistance.
    Bennet Martin, Sep 7, 2020
  4. Default User Directory No Permission - is that right?

    Folder permissions, windows search engine permissions, default permissions.


    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    I understand the inconvenience you are facing with the search index.

    Provide us additional information to assist you better with this issue:

    1. Are you getting any error code/error message while trying to search?
    2. May I know the error code or error message that you’re receiving when you try to install the software?
    3. Which version of Windows is installed on your device?

    Refer the article ‘Which version of Windows operating system am I running
    to provide the details.

    I suggest you to follow the methods mentioned below to fix the issue with the search index.

    Method 1

    Check if the Windows Search service is running

    1. Open the run command (Windows + R key) and type in
    2. Scroll down and look for Windows Search from the list.
    3. Click on Windows Search entry. In the Status column (see above picture), you will see Running if the service is running. Ensure that the Startup type is Automatic or Automatic (delayed) by checking the Startup type column.

    Method 2

    Rebuild Search Index

    1. Click on Start, type in Indexing Options and press
    2. Once the Indexing Options is launched, click the ‘Advanced’ button to open
      Advanced Options.
    3. Click on Rebuild button under ‘Troubleshooting’ section.
    4. Click on OK button and Windows 10 will start rebuilding the search index. It might take time to complete the process.
    5. Restart the computer and check the status of the issue.

    In regards to your query about SYSTEM permissions, it is not recommended to assign full control to SYSTEM under permissions. However, the default permissions for the Desktop folder are 'System', 'User of that particular account'
    and the 'Administrator'.

    Refer the steps mentioned below to configure User permissions for Files and Folders.

    1. Right click on the specific folder you wish to modify and select
    2. Click on Security tab to view all the names of the users or group along with their list of permissions.
    3. Click on Edit button.
    4. Choose the account for which you want to make any changes under the
      Group or user names segment.
    5. Allow and Deny are the two options available under
      Permissions for Authenticated Users.
    6. Give permissions for each operation by choosing the access or deny checkboxes.
    7. Click on Apply and OK.

    Method 3

    If you wish to return the system to using its default permissions, I would suggest you to create a new user account, transfer all the required data to the new account and check if it works for you. This is because creating
    the new user account will create that account with the default permissions.

    Refer the article Create a local user or administrator account
    in Windows 10
    for the steps.

    Note: You will not see all your files under your default file location. So your data will be saved under C:\users\user_name.



    Microsoft Community Moderator
    Muralidhar_G, Sep 7, 2020

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