Security issue since upgrade to 8 from 7

Sorry for the long post, I've tried everything for this issue. I tried asking on other forums and nobody could really help me cause it's an 8.1 thing. It's taken me a long time to figure all this out so I'm slightly discouraged....

Ever since I upgraded from Windows 7 to 8.1, I've had a problem with this game I play. Whenever the game itself starts or I try to save/load from within the game, I get a message saying "Failed to Open File. It may have read-only settings, lack permission support, or not enough space on the hard drive." The game actually runs fine, but this message constantly pops up.

The game is on drive D and the save files by default are saved to drive C. I found if I delete the C folder, I can start the game normally, and it just creates a new, blank C folder without my saves. But when I move my saves back over, it happens again. So it has to be a security issue that 8.1 isn't getting along with the 7 files specifically.

I have plenty of space on the HDD so I KNOW it's a security issue. And I've tried just about everything. Including everything from

and -Several but not all of these

If I try to deselect the Read Only option in Properties, it reverts back as soon as I close the window. I've done everything I can in the Properties/Security settings, changing both access and permissions to several accounts.

So that about sums up where I am. ANY help is appreciated! Save me Windows forums, you're my only hope...


Noob Whisperer
Right click the problem Game Files Folder on C and choose properties.
Select the Security Tab
Click the Edit Button
Click the Add Button
Type the word
Into the box that is labeled "Enter the object names to select
Click the Check Names Button
Click OK
Now select the Everyone group and check the Full Control check box and click OK
Now select the Every group and click the Advanced Button
Click the Disable inheritance button
Click Convert inherited permissions into explicit permission on this object
Check the box that says Replace all child object permissions entries with inheritable permissions entries from this object.
Click apply
Click yes when prompted if you want to continue
Click OK
Click OK again
You may have to reboot or at least log off and log back on for your account to receive a new access token with the new permissions.

Ugh it didn't work. I can't believe it didn't work either.

That seemed so perfect too, everything was just as you said except for one thing. Once I got to the "Click the Disable Inheritance button," it already said Enable Inheritance. So I clicked it, then it said Disable, so I clicked it again, and everything after that went as planned.

I also discovered that I have control of the actual files. I went all the way back to the "Users" folder on the C drive and found that even that folder would reset Read Only every time. However if I go to ANY file in there, I can enable/disable Read Only without any issue.

...How does this make sense!! How can I change files but not folders? I don't get how everything I've done so far hasn't given me full, absolute control over this thing!

I really like Windows 8, but this is driving me crazy!

So maybe it did work. Kinda. I think...

I found that at this point I actually can copy the individual files over to the new folder works!! I tried this before and it didn't work, but after this method I tried again, and sure enough...However even in the new folder, if I try to change the actual folder's Read Only setting, it still reverts when I hit Ok. But not the files inside the folder. Weird.

The C folder is in Users/MyUser/My Documents, don't know if that means anything. Only other option in Users is the Public file.

But anyways, I'll take this as a solution as I can at least get the game and my main save to start without that annoying message. Thank you so much Trouble!!


Noob Whisperer
Glad to have helped and thanks for posting back and updating your thread with that information.
And don't worry about the read only attribute on the folder(s) it shouldn't interfere with anything you're trying to do and it really doesn't mean what you think it means anyway.
Note Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs.

Thanks, that linked actually did explain a lot.

If I can ask one more question, I did make a bunch of security changes. Did I open any back doors for viruses or hackers or anything? I use AVG free, and to my knowledge it should be ok, but figured I'd confirm...


Noob Whisperer
I have no way of knowing what you actually did, but....
If the target was only that single folder then I wouldn't suspect any problems.

Well pretty much everything in those links is what I did (except maybe the last 2 or 3 things in the second one), along with what you said.

But yeah, I don't think so. I'm not TOTALLY computer illiterate and nothing stands out that would be a major security risk...


Noob Whisperer
NTFS permissions (what you are adjusting under the security tab) only impact users who are logged on locally.
It's when you start sharing and use the sharing tab to grant permissions to shared resource that it could possibly be accessed across a network. That is when share permissions and ntfs permission are meshed and the most restrictive applies.
That is an old article and the interfaces look a bit different now but the rules and underlying principles are still pretty much exactly the same.

So just an update to clear up confusion, the issue ended up being game specific but was caused by the OS upgrade. I guess the saves folder has this one file that sort of links the program to being installed to "that user" or something along those lines. I'd never noticed it before but it was in the saves folder and I didn't have a save game matching that file name. So when I went from 7 to 8, I guess that file was still searching for the Win7 user.

So I just deleted that file, the game automatically regenerates one when you start it, and haven't had the problem since! Again random side effect from updating your OS, but I guess anything's possible!

PS and for future Google search reasons, I'll include the name of the game: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

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