You can fix access denied error messages by claiming ownership or by ensuring you have proper permissions set. You might be getting these errors when trying to open (read) or save (write) to a file or directory. You have somehow lost either the ownership of the file or the permission necessary to read or write to a file. You can lose ownership of a file or folder when you upgrade Windows or when you transfer files from one computer to another. This issue is easily corrected by taking ownership of these files. You will first need to make sure you are logged in as Administrator, then follow the instructions below to change ownership and file permissions.
Fix Access Denied Error – Ownership Issues
- Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click on the Owner tab.
- Next, click Edit. If you’re asked for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or confirm the action.
- Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.
- If you want this person to be the owner of the files and sub-folders in this folder, select the Replace owner on sub-containers and objects check box.
- Click OK.
Fix Access Denied Error – File Permissions
You can also change the read / write permissions on a file by performing the following:
- Right-click the file or folder, and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab.
- Under Group or user names, click your name to see the permissions you have.
In addition, your user profile might be corrupt. You can create a new user account in the Control Panel, then claim ownership of a files or folders as explained above. If you still cannot open a specific file, it could be encrypted or corrupt. Join our forums if you need to fix access denied error messages in Windows and these fixes did not help. You can also get more computer repair tips by reading our other Windows tutorials.