“The iTunes Music Library file cannot be saved. You do not have enough access privileges for this operation.” Those words have plagued my nightmares for the past week.
I generally consider myself a rather computer-savvy fellow, but that error kept popping up in iTunes, seemingly out of nowhere, and I couldn’t find a fix for the error after days of trying. Which left me, of course, unable to add new music to my library, and meant that I was constantly re-downloading the same podcasts over and over.
I began my search for a fix in the C:UsersDennisMusiciTunes directory, since that’s where my iTunes library files reside (I’m on Windows 7, by the way), and noticed that “Temp File.tmp” had no “owner.” Despite trying every known fix in the book (including contacting Apple and Microsoft tech support), nothing I tried would resolve the situation. I scoured the ‘net in search of a solution, and found more than a few helpless iTunes users with the same problem, but none of the suggested fixes helped in my case.
Thank the Force, I’ve finally stumbled upon a solution, and it has nothing to do with the “Temp File.tmp” file, or anything else in that directory, for that matter. If you’re having the same problem, here’s what worked for me (again, in Windows 7):
- Navigate to the directory in which iTunes is installed (most likely C:Program Files (x86)iTunes)
- Right lick on iTunes.exe and select “Properties”
- Under the Security tab, select “Edit”
- Under “Group or user names,” select your user name (or if your user name isn’t there, select “Add” and add it
- Make sure “Full Control” is checked under “Permissions for…”
- Click “Apply”
I have no idea how my user name lost Full control access under iTunes, especially given that I haven’t installed anything related to iTunes in the past few weeks (I suspect my antivirus software may be to blame). Whatever the cause, this resolved my situation lickety split.