How to fix cannot save files in OneDrive issues after Windows 10 upgrade [Tip]

We recommend that those of you who have not yet updated to the Windows 10 operating system do so right away. The experience you’ll have is better than Windows 7 or Windows 8. Although it is a great OS, it still arrives with numerous problems that people need to fix. One of the latest problems people are having is trying to work out what to do if you cannot save files in OneDrive. That’s obviously a huge issue since people rely on saving files to OneDrive for work related tasks, among other things. While OneDrive isn’t directly attached to Windows 10, the problem of not being able to save files in OneDrive is. For all of you with Windows 10 and cannot save files in OneDrive, here is the fix for you.


  1. Open the Run box.
  2. Type the following code into the Run box: ‘%userprofile%’. 
  3. Press the Enter key to confirm that command.
  4. Open the OneDrive folder.
  5. Allow access if it prompts you to allow access. Continue to the next step if you get no prompt.
  6. Those of you who cannot save files in OneDrive should have no problems saving the files after applying the above steps. Those of you who are stilling having problems can try the following:
  7. Right-click the mouse over the Windows 10 Start button.
  8. Select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’.
  9. Now you need to type some command prompts in the command line.
  10. Type the command: ‘cd %userprofile%’ without the quotation marks and hit Enter.
  11. Type the next command: ‘cd OneDrive’ and press Enter.
  12. Type the last command: ‘icacls %userprofile%\OneDrive /inheritance:e’ and hit Enter.
  13. Most of you should now have the fix. Those that don’t can try one more solution:
  14. Right-click on the  folder that’s giving the problem, i.e. ‘OneDrive’ > Properties and click on Security Tab.Cannot-save-files-in-OneDrive-folder
  15. Now click the ‘Edit’ button and change the permissions if required. The goal here is to check if the system owners settings and permissions are correct.


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  • Mathew

    There’s a lot of news flying around about Windows 10 lately, including automatic updates to Windows 10 about to be pushed out for all people on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

    As someone who has tried Windows 10 without any problems, I would recommend updating. Knowing that an update is coming to fix any bugs would only make me feel more confident in updating now.

    I’m also someone who is still using Windows XP on a computer too, as well as Windows 8.1 on another device.

    I guess it just depends on your circumstances. If you rely on your OS for business then perhaps wait for the next update to feel more reassured of a smooth/smoother experience. Otherwise I would recommend updating already.

    You also have the amazing dot Tech content to help your every need, so what could possibly go wrong? That might be my agenda talking in the last sentence.

  • Mikerman

    My understanding is that Microsoft is bringing out a big Win10 update next month, November. Best to wait until after then, I wonder?