Fix save game problems on older games by changing folder permissions
Windows Vista may not have been the most popular upgrade at the time, but it did implement a number of necessary changes. One of these changes was a tightening of security permissions. On a Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, programs running with normal permissions are not permitted to save data into the program files or program files (x86) folders. These folders are, of course, where programs are normally stored. This tightening of security helps prevent malware from infecting program files, therefore making the overall operating system more secure. However, many older or simply badly designed programs will assume that they can write files or information within their installation directory. Older games, in particular, will try to write save game data into their installation folder. If you’re playing an older game and you find that you cannot save your progress, you should try changing the permissions on the games folder. The video tutorial below will show you how.
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When playing older games, we recommend that you check that save files are working as soon as possible. Many older games will not show an error message if a save game could not be created and will simply carry on as if nothing was wrong, so make sure to check for this problem to avoid disappointment in future gameplay sessions!