[Windows 11 Pro] Obsidian freezes when creating/accessing vault in Documents folder or subfolder

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Steps to reproduce

  • downloded and installed Obsidian ver 0.14.6

  • when asked to do a quick start, it freezes

  • when I try to create a new vault in the documents folder or a sub folder, it freezes

  • when i uninstall & reinstall, then use a different folder to crete the vault, it works.

  • when I successfully get into obsidian and acccess any vault in any non documents folder it works fine.

  • when i try to switch to a vault in the documents folder or sub folder, it freezes.

Expected result

Actual result


  • Operating system: Windows 11
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v0.14.6
    Installer version: v0.14.6
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.22000
    Login status: logged in
    Catalyst license: none
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: on
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: none
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Safe mode: on


Additional information

Windows Systems Info:

Edition Windows 11 Pro
Version 21H2
Installed on ‎2/‎3/‎2022
OS build 22000.675
Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22000.675.0

where is documents folder actually stored? Is it on a network location?

no it’s on my c drive.

Update: Problem solved !!!

Windows Defender was blocking access by Obsidian to the AppData folder. Once I allowed access by Obsidian everything started working fine.


  • I went into Admin mode
  • Noticed that I had some notification messages from Windows Defender, then saw that it was blocking Obsidian folder access
  • Then in the manage access option I added Obsidian to list of apps that can modify the AppData folder(s)

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