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Windows 10 Giving you "Access Denied” Folder Errors? Here's How to Fix it

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Have you ever been in a situation whereby you open something on your PC and Windows denied your access to the folder? Windows 10 Giving you "Access Denied” Folder Errors when trying to open a folder? How do you fix these errors, if you are experiencing this?

It’s extremely annoying when Windows tells you don’t have permission to access a file or folder on your own computer. So whenever you try to access a folder Windows won’t let you have access to it and give you an Access Denied error.

Of course, it is very simple to fix. There are different reasons the file/folder might be giving you access denied error, but the major thing is if you are not an administrator on that computer or the file is set to be only accessible with admin right. So definitely, you’ll receive these errors if you try to access protected folders/files that can only be accessed with admin right.

To fix this issue, you just need to have admin right on these files/folders. In case you have admin rights on them and still see the access denied errors, here’s how to fix them.

To do this open the File Explorer and navigate to the folder you are having issues with. Then right click on it and select Properties. Then the properties window will pop up. Next, click on the Security tab and select the Advanced button at the bottom of the window. 

From there, you’ll be able to see the Name and Owner of the file/folder. The name displays the location of the file while the Owner basically displays the owner of the folder. However, if there is “Unable to display current owner” in front of Owner. Then click on the Change link beside it to change the item’s owner.

Then from there, you’ll need to choose which users or groups can access the folder. Then in the text box below the “Enter the object name to select box” label, type in “Administrators” to allow all admins to have access to it or even your username. 

Then click on “Check Names” button beside it, the textbox will auto-correct it to PCNAME\Administrators and click on OK to accept this.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be taken to the Advanced Settings Windows. Then check the “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” below the Owner field. Ensure you check the box so that you can access everything inside it without having to repeat the steps again. 

Then click OK when you are done. Afterwards, try open the file and see whether you now have access to the folder!



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