Solved Windows 10 Not Letting Me Write

December 30, 2018 at 14:42:21
Specs: Windows 10
I had to do the nasty to my decade aged, last surviving personal computing device.... I had to format it and reload Windows 10 fresh. Painful, I know. Just, the October updates really did a number on my OS badly.

I found out I can not easily edit my own files. Here is how it started:

Anyway, I just reinstalled Thunderbird. Now I have my original profile backed up to put in all my account info, prefs, and addons. The profile names were different, of course. I backed up the new profile (let us call it new.default) and copied/overwritten the contents of old.default. I opened Thunderbird. All accounts there. Settings seem right. All emails and folders present into their respective accounts in my personal files. Addons present. The problem i ran into, downloading new emails. All accounts give me the same error: Unable to write the email to the mailbox. Make sure the file system allows you write privileges, and you have enough disk space to copy the mailbox.

Yes, I do believe 100G is enough for a few texted emails.
I go to where my email accounts are, c:\personal\mail\, right clicked to check permissions on the three system accounts: EVERYONE, SYSTEM, Administrators (DESKTOP\Administrators), and all are checked for "allow" (except 'special permissions').
Nothing is read-only that I can see looking at attributes.
I can move emails from one folder to another, but still can not write new emails.
I took an account that had no subfolders, moved emails out, closed the client, deleted that account's inbox and inbox.msf, started the client, still can not write new emails.

Then I ended up finding out I can copy/paste files in my personal folders to other locations, but I can not edit my spreadsheets, documents, etc. I am blocked from editing files in the temp folders and any place in the system. I tried my backups on my externals, and I can edit those same files in e:\personal where I can not in c:\personal.

I forcefully removed OneDrive which has caused issues in the past when I upgraded from W8 to W10 years back.
I ran a few [B]chkdsk /f/r[/B] with no problems found.

When I reloaded Windows I had it not keep personal files (which are in the locations Microsoft thinks people keeps things, like /documents, /pictures, etc. No no, I keep my personal files and software in separate folders, and Windows kept them on the reset. Yet, I can not easily modified my own files in those folders or mine, or even in other Windows folders like I normally used to.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.

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January 1, 2019 at 11:11:47
Yea, need a burner for that. Not all of us have advanced and extra tech, sorry. Believe me. i was once the go to guy for booting off of floppy disks in many way (DOS, recovery, Qbasic, etc) but as tech advances, my paycheck does not.

Anyway, I manged to successfully format the drive by booting into recovery mode and deleting the drive. Everything is working normally. My guess, a conflict with what Windows kept previously. But again, when I picked "delete everything" over "keep personal files," it still kept my personal files which are all directories not through Windows's defaults. Along with that, it looked like it kept other user files. So, "delete everything" does not work as intended?

This time I was able to get myself to boot into troubleshooting mode and select "clean drive." I read that if I hold SHIFT while clicking RESTART from START MENU, it took me into troubleshooting mode (who knew, not me) and I go into those options to this time pick one to work for me, now all permissions seem normal again.

I got to image C in this link which is what i am referring to.
https://www.techrepublic.com/articl...

So far, after copying over my personal files, I can write normally again.

I reply as fast as I can, but it could be hours or months.



#1
December 30, 2018 at 15:14:30
" No no, I keep my personal files and software in separate folders, and Windows kept them on the reset"
A reset does not appear to be the answer.

You really need to do a clean install & delete all the partitions during the install.

Boot from the ISO & keep hitting Delete, until Delete & Format are greyed out & you are left with Unallocated.
https://www.directupload.net/file/d...

No other drives should be connected during the install.

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December 30, 2018 at 15:30:33
Well, I was expecting Windows to format the drive, but it kept my folders (outside of Windows defaults) but it ended up leaving them. I can rename folders, but not edit files.

I could not do the ISO boot method due to not having a large enough USB drive.

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December 30, 2018 at 15:37:44
"I was expecting Windows to format the drive"
Once you have problems with an Update like you have had, formatting is not good enough. You need to do a clean install, by deleting all the partitions.

"I could not do the ISO boot method due to not having a large enough USB drive"
Burn the ISO on an DVD disk, RW is best.


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#4
December 30, 2018 at 17:11:13
If you have a "decade aged" PC, why did you install Win10 in the 1st place? If it was previously running Win7, you should have kept it that way. If you're going to reinstall (deleting partitions & starting fresh as recommended above), take the opportunity to go back to Win7. It will be supported until January 2020. Use the next year to familiarize yourself with Linux. Mint 19.1 Xfce is my recommendation. It will be supported until 2023.
https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_tessa...

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December 30, 2018 at 19:45:55
If you're sure the permission issue is within c:\personal\mail\, try running the following command as administrator:
takeown /f c:\personal\mail /r /d y

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January 1, 2019 at 11:11:47
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Yea, need a burner for that. Not all of us have advanced and extra tech, sorry. Believe me. i was once the go to guy for booting off of floppy disks in many way (DOS, recovery, Qbasic, etc) but as tech advances, my paycheck does not.

Anyway, I manged to successfully format the drive by booting into recovery mode and deleting the drive. Everything is working normally. My guess, a conflict with what Windows kept previously. But again, when I picked "delete everything" over "keep personal files," it still kept my personal files which are all directories not through Windows's defaults. Along with that, it looked like it kept other user files. So, "delete everything" does not work as intended?

This time I was able to get myself to boot into troubleshooting mode and select "clean drive." I read that if I hold SHIFT while clicking RESTART from START MENU, it took me into troubleshooting mode (who knew, not me) and I go into those options to this time pick one to work for me, now all permissions seem normal again.

I got to image C in this link which is what i am referring to.
https://www.techrepublic.com/articl...

So far, after copying over my personal files, I can write normally again.

I reply as fast as I can, but it could be hours or months.


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January 1, 2019 at 14:06:26
"by booting into recovery mode and deleting the drive. Everything is working normally"
Nice work CPU13, thanks for the feedback.

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