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  • Hi all, i am hoping i can get help here with this!

    I am getting the following error when i try to upload images to my locally hosted wordpress site.

    “The uploaded file could not be moved to wp-content/uploads.”

    I’m pretty sure it happened after i refreshed windows.

    I get an error also when i try to update plugins.
    “Update Failed: Could not copy file. elementor/assets/css/admin.css”

    can anyone help?

    I am on Windows 10 and i used serverpress to install wordpress on my computer.

    Theme: Sydney
    Plugins: Contact Form 7
    Facebook By Weblizar
    Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)
    Instagram Widget by WPZOOM
    Page Builder by SiteOrigin
    Simple Lightbox
    Sydney Portfolio
    Sydney Toolbox

    Thanks in advance


    • This topic was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  mclawson74.
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  • Hi @mclawson74🙂

    You have to set permissions for linux – 755 in Windows on your computer
    Those 2 links should help you:

    let me know if everything is ok



    Thank you for your response.

    This is all really over my head :/

    I added a group called ‘Everyone’ and gave read & execute permissions – following the user AsharamSeervi in the first link you gave me, however this has not worked.

    the location of the site on my computer is


    i changed the permissions from the ‘Websites’ folder down but no luck, i still can’t update plugins or upload images.

    Dion Designs


    You should never have to deal with file permissions in Windows when using a localhost webserver. Please don’t mess up your system by attempting to do so!

    This sounds like a problem with the DesktopServer application provided by ServerPress, so it’s probably best to ask them for assistance.

    DesktopServer is a heavily modified version of XAMPP. It may be worthwhile to install the real XAMPP application if you are unable to get assistance from ServerPress.



    Thanks @diondesigns

    I have sent a request off to serverpress but i won’t hold my breath since i have the ‘limited’ version.

    How would i change my site over to xampp? is it pretty straightforward?



    Dion Designs


    The basic procedure would be something like:

    1. Use something like the Duplicator plugin to make a backup of your current localhost data
    2. Install XAMPP
    3. Install WordPress with the Duplicator plugin
    4. Use Duplicator to transfer your data to the new installation

    It’s actually a fair amount of work, so hopefully you will receive an answer from ServerPress that solves your problem.



    Thanks again! i have some time off work so i think i’m actually just going to ditch the site and start over with xampp, might be quicker than waiting for a reply from serverpress!

    thanks again for the help and advice folks.


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