Last Updated on September 9, 2023 by David


Having the ability to save game is a given feature in RPGs and Bethesd’as latest RPG, Starfield, is no exception. Gamers often use save scumming to see different outcomes to in-game conversations and scenarios or to find the best one. However, a lot of PC players are unable to save their Starfield progress and are experiencing the “failed to create save game” error. In this Starfield guide, I will list fixes that will help players fix the Gailed to create save game error. Also, check our Starfield guide about How To Enable DLSS And XESS.

Starfield Failed To Create Save Fixes You Can Try

Allowing to save the game at different points in the game is important in RPGs. It allows players to load saves if they don’t like the outcome of the conversations or scenarios in the game. Starfield is an RPG and allows players to create as many save files as they want but the “failed to create save game” error is not letting them. There are multiple reasons why the game is unable to create a save file and the following are the fixes that will help players resolve it.

Disable OneDrive Sync

Starfield creates a folder in the Documents where save files are stored. If you have enabled OneDrive on your PC, the Documents folder is automatically synced to OneDrive. This OneDrive sync causes the “failed to create save game” error as the path to the Documents folder changes. Players can fix the Save file not creating error in Starfield by quitting the game, right-clicking the OneDrive icon in the Taskbar > Settings > Sync and Backup > Manage Backup > Turn off backup for Documents folder > click “Save Changes”. Launch Starfield, save your progress, and the game will create a save file.


In this case, disabling the OneDrive backup doesn’t fix the “failed to create save game” error, go to Documents > MyGames and delete the Starfield folder. Run the game, save your progress, and the game will create a new save.

Change User Folder Path

The first fix I noted is to disable the OneDrive backup or sync for your Documents folder. Interstingly, the Failed to Crate Save Game error is also bothering Starfield players who don’t have OneDrive or have deleted it. The reason you are still experiencing the Save Game error is that OneDrive changes the paths to user folders like Documents and doesn’t change them back when OneDrive is deleted or disabled.

To fix the “failed to create save game” error, players must change the paths to the user folders back to their defaults using the Windows Registry Editor tool.

  • Press the Windows + R buttons
  • Type regedit and press Enter
  • Windows Registry Editor will open up.
  • Navigate to the “Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders” path.
  • You will find the path to the Documents Folder is “C:\Users\YourUsername\OneDrive\Documents”.
  • Right-click the file that has the “C:\Users\YourUsername\OneDrive\Documents” path
  • click on Modify
  • Change the path to C:\Users\YourUsername\Documents and press Ok
  • Do it for every file that has OneDrive in its path.
Right-click the file and select Modify.
See the highlighted path.
Change the path by removing OneDrive from it and press OK.

After that, navigate to the “Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders” path in Registry Editor. Find the file named “Personal” and the path to the Documents folder will again be “C:\Users\YourUsername\OneDrive\Documents”. Modify the path to “C:\Users\YourUsername\Documents” and press OK. Launch Starfield, play the game and then save your progress.


Disable Controlled Folder Access

Windows operating system comes with built-in security features that can interfere with the game or block the game from accessing certain files and folders. Controlled Folder Access is one such security feature and the reason for Starfield not saving your progress issue. Disabling Controlled Folder Access fixes the “failed to create save game” error.

  • Open Windows Settings
  • Go to Privacy & Security > Windows Security
  • Open Virus & Threat Protection
  • Click Manage Ransomware protection
  • Turn off controlled folder access
  • Launch Starfield, save your progress and the game will successfully create a save file.
Open Settings and go to Windows Security in Privacy & Security settings.
Open Virus & threat protection.
open Manage ransomware protection.
Turn off Controlled Folder Access.

Run The Game As An Administrator

Starfield not having administrative rights is another reason why it’s not creating your save file. Running the game as an administrator will fix the issue. Right-click Starfield in Steam library > Manage > Browse Local files. A new Explorer window will open containing the game files. Right-click the executable > properties > Compatibility tab > check “Run this program as an administrator” and apply.

Click on Browse local files to open a new window with the game files
Right-click the executable and select properties
Go to Compatibility tab and check “Run this program as an administrator”

That is all for our Starfield fixes for the “failed to create save game” error. If you are experiencing errors and issues with Starfield, check our Crash Fixes, DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG fix, How To Change FOV, and GPU Doesn’t Meet Minimal Specs Error fix. Also, see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes if you are experiencing errors with other PC video games or PCs.


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