DesktopServer – Create locally installed WordPress Websites › Forums › Public Discussions › Can't write to preferences This topic contains 3 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Jerry Pendergrass 2 years ago. Author Posts September 22, 2015 at 6:51 am #93251 Jerry PendergrassParticipant Upgraded to windows 8.1 from 7 and now DS won’t start because of error “can’t write to preferences file”. Solution?? September 22, 2015 at 7:01 am #93258 Gregg FranklinKeymaster Hello Jerry, Did you add any thrid party antivirus software? September 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm #93554 Jerry PendergrassParticipant Hi Gregg: No sir, no third party AV. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, btw. JP September 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm #93967 Jerry PendergrassParticipant OK. Figured it out. Permissions had changed upon upgrading to Win8. Took ownership of program data and desktop server folder and all is well again. Guess this one is solved. Thanks JP Author Posts The forum ‘Public Discussions’ is closed to new topics and replies.