Sometimes, while trying to open or access a specific files or folders on your PC, you might receive an access denied error “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder”. This error message usually prevents you from opening certain folders and won’t let you edit, delete, or even rename the files or folders even though you’re log in with your administrative privileges.
Fortunately, there are ways using which you can fix “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder, click Continue to permanently get access this folder” error and regain access to a prohibited folder again.
What Leads to “You Don’t Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder” Error?
This error usually occurs due to some specific changes that took place during upgrading the system to Windows 10.
Apart from that, here are some of the reasons why you face this error.
- If someone has applied the “Deny” function for the user or group.
- A user or group has been removed from the “Group or user names” on Security Menu
- Conflicts between share & NTFS (New Technology File System) permissions.
How To Fix “You Don’t Currently Have Permission To Access This Folder” Error?
Whenever you come across an error you don’t currently have permission to access this folder, you can simply go through the below-given methods:
#1: Take Ownership of the File/Folder
If you have recently upgraded your system to Windows 10, some folders gets locked automatically after the system upgrade and can cause “you don’t currently have permission to access this folder” error.
In such a situation, you’ll first need to take the ownership of that folder. Simply assign yourself as the owner of a folder, doing this will provide you the full authority to access that particular folder.
You can follow the below-directed instructions to know how to do so:
- Locate the folder that you’re not able to access, right click on it & select “Properties“.
- Navigate to “Security” tab then move to “group or username” section.
- Next, click on the “Advanced” button > “Change“
- Here you need to type your account name and click on “Check names” then > “OK“.
- Now, you need to check out the box in front of “Replace owner on sub containers and objects” then click “OK” to save the changes.
#2: Allow Permission to Everyone
Another step you can take to access your problematic folder is, provide permission to everyone. For that, you will require an administrator account or password.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Firstly, you need to right-click on the inaccessible folder and choose select “Properties“.
- Go to the “Security” tab then click on “Edit” button under Group or user names.
- Again, click on “Add” then click OK.
- Now, you need to type everyone then click on “Check names” > “OK” button.
- Under the Allow section, you need to select “Everyone” then select “Full control“.
- Finally, click on the “Apply” button then “Ok“.
#3: Disable read-only Option for the Inaccessible Folder
You can try this method only if you can’t modify or add data to the folder but you can access it. If this is so, then surely the folder is set to the read only mode.
However, it happens in very rare cases but there is no harm to try this method. The steps are quite easy, here’s what you need to do:
- Right-click on the affected folder & select Properties.
- Uncheck the Read-only option then click on OK.
- That’s it! Now, your folder will no longer be read-only.
#4: Use Command Prompt to Fix You Don’t Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder
If you are experiencing the “you don’t currently have permission to access this folder USB” while attempting to open every folder on your PC, then you can simply fix it by running a specific command in the Command Prompt.
Follow these steps to know what you need to do:
- Launch the Command Prompt on your system.
- Then, type the below-given command & press Enter. (Make sure to replace the folder path with a full path to the problematic folder).
takeown /f <folderpath> /r /d y
- That’s it! Now, you’ll be able to access your problematic folder.
To Sum Up
I hope, after reading this guide, you will be able to fix you don’t currently have permission to access this folder error. Make sure you follow the given steps cautiously and if you face any issue feel free to let us know about it. We will be more than happy to help.
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