Bugfix: “error opening file for writing” on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Installing any software in Windows 10 is a fairly straightforward process, but users have reported errors while installing certain applications. Such a nuisance will most likely prevent you from installing any other software. Don’t worry, you can fix the problem yourself using one of the steps below. First, let’s figure out what caused the problem and what OS you are using.

  • Error opening a document for writing in Windows 7 and 8. Even if you are not a Windows 10 user, most of the solutions collected here will work for you.
  • Error opening file for writing qt5core.dll, vcredist_x86.exe, npf.sys, msvcr110.dll. Many users reported that this error is caused by certain files on your PC. To fix the problem, you will have to reinstall the components responsible for them, then check if that solves the problem.
  • When opening one of the MSI Afterburner, Kodi, Steam, VLC, Wireshark, CCleaner, BSPlayer, Hotspot Shield. Reinstall the application to fix it.

1. Check your antivirus

Antivirus is a key element in protecting your PC. Most likely, he used the required document, and this caused a conflict.

  • Disable some of its features and check if that fixed the problem.
  • Disable your antivirus software completely, including firewall.

2. Run the troubleshooter

Old software is probably not compatible with Windows 10.

  • Right click on the installation file.
  • Select Properties.
  • Compatibility tab.
  • Select “Troubleshoot Compatibility”.
  • Click on “Recommended Settings”.
  • Follow the instructions.

3. Run the program as administrator

Suppose the message is caused by insufficient user rights. Run it as an admin:

  • Right-click on the file -> “Run as administrator”.

If it starts successfully, do the following:

  • Right click on the document -> Properties.
  • Go to the compatibility tab.
  • Check the box “Run as administrator”.

4. Reinstall the application causing the error

Uninstall the program completely and reinstall it using the latest version. It is important to remove all components completely, including the notes in the registry. Do one of the following, at your discretion:

  • Use a special uninstall utility.
  • Uninstall manually via “Add or Remove Programs”.
  • Use the uninstaller, it is located in the installed software folder.

5. Disable User Account Control

User Account Control is a security feature in Windows that prevents users from changing settings that have administrative privileges. While this feature can be useful, many people tend to disable it.

  • Press Win + S at the same time.
  • Enter “account”.
  • Select User Management from the menu (or open the Start menu and search for a custom control).
  • The profile management settings window will appear.
  • Move the slider all the way to Never and click OK to save your changes.


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