Vista Favorites Problem and solution

I know.  You are supposed to spell "Favourites" with a "u" in the middle.  However, I'm going to sway towards convention and use the Americanisation of the English language in this post, for indexing purposes only. 

I'm the kind of guy who likes to keep his operating system and documents partition separate.  If I need to blow away my PC and install a new OS it simplifies the deployment by not having to back up all my documents, music and movies and favorites.

Now that Windows Vista stores favorites under my profile folder, I can move them with all my other documents and files to another partition.  When I first did this, I came across a problem when trying to save new favourites (sorry) favorites in Internet Explorer.  I received an error and I could not proceed with the creation of the nw favorite. 

I came across an explanation (and fix) for this the other day and it looks like that because Internet Explorer is running in protected mode (low privileges) it can't modify or create new files on another partition.  The work around is quite easy to do and will basically allow IE access to your favorites folder so that it may save new items there.

  • Open a command prompt with Admin privileges (right-click Command Prompt and click Run As
  • Browse to the folder that contains your favorites folder
  • Type: icacls favorites /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low

Hat tip to Jimmy Brush on the Windows Vista Forums.

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Comments (14)

  1. james says:

    Hi Fred you’re welcome!

  2. james says:

    Pleasure! thanks for sharing your fix/experience.



  3. james says:

    to get an admin prompt, open the start menu and search for "cmd" right click cmd and hit "Run as Administrator".  This will open a command prompt running with administrator privelages.  You can then type in the command.



  4. james says:

    Hi Stuart

    In my case my favorites folder is located at e:favorites, so I would first type "e:" into the command prompt followed by "cd favorites".



  5. Frederic MENI says:

    Hey James,

    Thank you very much for that!

    I encountered the same problem because my "Users" folder is not located on the system partition (thanks to Autounattend.xml) and the workaround you provided worked!

    Thanks, once again.


  6. Jim Hunt says:

    Open a command prompt with Admin privileges (right-click Command Prompt and click Run As


    Browse to the folder that contains your favorites folder

    Type: icacls favorites /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)low

    Can you clear this up for me?

    Where is the command promp?

  7. Becks says:

    Can you help further with this, I can get to the command prompt bit but I don’t know how to browse the files can you advise please?

  8. Dzenad says:

    You can just specify a full path to your favorites:

    icacls d:users<username>favorites (OI)(CI)low

    I hope it helps – worked for me

    BTW – Thanks James! solved my problem 🙂

  9. daniel says:

    Ok so when i try this fix it says access denied. I’m not familiar with command promts at all so any help would be appreciated

  10. Silvia says:

    I’m blond and your advise doesn’t help me at all

    admin prompt ?????!!!!!!


  11. Spook De Jur says:

    Hi James,

    Your explanation is almost there but is not quite complete.  How to I Browse to the Favorites folder in CMD?



  12. Aman says:

    It says name is not optional but since I have no favorites I’ll probably never find this site again to find the answer.

  13. Theron says:

    Thank you James.

    PS for the dutch

    command prompt  = opdrachtprompt (in map bureau assescoires)

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