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firefox will not download binary files to desktop

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While trying to download a binary file to the desktop I get the following message: "(Filen ame) could not be saved, because you cannot change the contents of that folder.

Change the folder properties and try again, or try saving in a different location." I've tried everything from clearing the download setting to reinstalling the browser and nothing has worked. It seems to only happen with exe files on the desktop. If I download any other file onto the desktop it works just fine.

Any ideas?