I tried everything uploaded my own .htacess file . made sure i chmoded it. nothing. dont plugins need to find .htacess file too. i have no problem installing them. there is clearly no supportive thread for this. everything is closed with some so called humbug remedy. what is the concrete solution for this. also my wordpress is installed in a sub-directory. all these articles and videos show the purpose of the permalink feature but none with trouble shooting the 404 error. anybody out there really know what they are doing and could help me. how could something this small but yet so important when kickstarting your blog be not addressed. what do i need to do to click save changes and be happy. straight to the point. how can wordpress go back to default and work but not have access to my .htaccess file to wrtite to.