"could not create autosave file"

Windows 7
Audacity 2.1.1

When I do a usual amplification, the message now always comes, “could not create autosave file”. The amplifications are successful. What is wrong?
I find that the error message comes with any change or edit I make in the project. It doesn’t happen on another project I have open.

Export the project or each track therefrom as WAV.

Import the WAV files into a new project and save that as a new Audacity project with a different name.

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I have been facing the same issue in version 2.3.1 in Windows 10.

I managed to solve those issues by adding Audacity to the authorized apps list, following the following instructions.

  • Search start menu for “Controlled folder access” and open its settings
  • Click “Allow an app through Controlled folder access”, and add Audacity
  • Problem is gone