Catalina Files and Folders access issues

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by Hans Baumeister, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. Hans Baumeister

    Hans Baumeister Bit Poster

    After upgrading my Mojave system to Catalina, Parallels failed to start. It just got stuck on the "Starting..." dialog.
    So I uninstalled it completely and reinstalled.
    Lo and behold, the issue was clearly that the on-Mojave installation didn't have access to some folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads) - something the installation then asked for. BUT: the request to access the Downloads folder failed. It just got stuck - see screenshot:

    Screenshot 2020-09-01 at 09.28.53 copy.png

    I hit "Finish" anyway and Parallels started just fine.

    I then checked my Privacy->Files and Folders settings:

    Screenshot 2020-09-01 at 09.52.30.png

    You can see that I've unlocked the pane - still, the +/- buttons are grayed out. I also can't select any application in this pane. It seems completely locked.
    I'm running 10.15.6 - has anyone else seen this issue?

    Not sure what the consequences of Parallels not having access to my Downloads folder are going to be - a Windows 10 VM seemed to run just fine.

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