Hardware

You have been denied permission to access this folder


Sometimes, when you try to open a System Protected folder in File Explorer, you may encounter an error saying “You have been denied permission to access this folder, To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab”.

Looking at the statement itself, we can say that the problem is because of lack of permission and hence, can be fixed by altering the permission settings of the folder. Make sure that you are signed in as an administrator.

You have been denied permission to access this folder

You need to Take Ownership of the file or folder in question.

Take Ownership of the file or folder

Replace Owners or Subcontainers

So, let us see how to take ownership of the file or folder that’s giving you this error.

  1. Right-click on the file/folder that’s giving you the error and select Properties.
  2. Go to the Security tab. If you are not seeing the tab, try adding the Security tab.
  3. Go to Advanced Security Settings by clicking on the Advanced button and then locate Change.
  4. Click the Change link to open Select this object type dialog.
  5. Now, in the Enter the object name to select” field, type Administrators, and then click the Check Names button > OK.
  6. Finally, select Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” and click Apply/OK.

Now, open the folder, and hopefully, you will not face “You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab”.

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Once you add “Take Ownership” to the context menu you can right-click on the file and select Take ownership.

With the help of mentioned ways, you will be able to take ownership of the folder that was giving you the “You have been denied permission to access this folder.” error.

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