"Access Denied" message from Windows 7 Movie Maker when trying to save a wmv file after editing.

After editing a wmv file to shorten its length, I receive the error "Access Denied" when I try to save it. When I use the Publish to YouTube function it saves without the error before publishing it.

Hello vsburch,

·         What is the location where you are trying to save your Movie?

·         Do you have appropriate permissions to access that location?

Try to save your Movie a different location and check if you have the same issue.

1.      You can change the default location where the Temporary files are stored. Click Tools, and then click Options.

2.      Click the General tab, and then in the Temporary storage box, change this to a different location and check.

Also make sure that you take the ownership of the folder where the files are saved.  This article will give you information on how to take the ownership of the folder:


If this does not work, try to create a new user account and check if you are able to save the Movies.

To create a new user profile, follow these steps:

To create a new profile, you must first create a new user account. When the account is created, a profile will also be created.

 1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety and then clicking User Accounts.

 2. Click Manage another account.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

 3. Click Create a new account.

 4. Type the name you want to give the user account, click an account type, and then click Create Account.

Note: Do not give the existing user name for the new user account.


Check out this article that will give you information on ‘How to Fix a corrupted user profile’:


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Last updated February 27, 2021 Views 3,943 Applies to: