If you’re a Mac user, then go play PUBG on your phone because this doesn’t concern you.  Scram!! But if you’re a PC user then you probably have come across this annoying “Access Denied” message which might have been quite weird considering you are the owner of this access denying bouncer.

Well, before you call the cops on property possession charges, we should tell you that there is nothing with your machine and this is just a security feature which can be fixed with the right permissions set in the NTFS file system of windows.

Let’s walk you through the 5 ways make sure you have access to your computer’s every last bit.

1. Have Administrator Rights?

In most of the cases, most of the users receiving the “Access Denied” prompt don’t have administrator rights associated with their account.

This permission barrier is kept because when a computer has multiple users using it then you have to keep certain things private from the other users and that’s what the administrator privileges do. They keep the other users at bay on certain things that are private, if they try to access them.

2. Fix the Dreaded “Access Denied” Error by Taking Ownership of a Folder

The most basic fix to try and get rid of the Access Denied message is to take ownership or full control of the folder or file through the file system. Follow these steps.

You gotta’ own that b***h!

  • Right-click on the file or the whole folder in question and click on the properties. Go to the Security tab and head down to the Advanced button.
  • In the next window, you will find a field labeled as Owner which is likely to say that it is unable to display the current owner if there is a problem and you can fix it by clicking on the Change button. Keep in mind that you can change this setting if you have administrator rights.
  • The next dialog box you’ll access is Select User or Group. Inside it, you will enter the name of the modified owner’s name. This could be an account name, or multiple users using the same computer.
  • We assume that you want your own account to take control so you will have to enter your own name in the tab. Hit the Check Names button once you are ready to commit the changes which will give your account full control.
  • On the Advanced window, you will see a setting “Replace all child object permission entries”. What this setting does is that it will commit your modified changes to all of the folders and files inside the parent folder, and if you want that to happen then hit the box and then hit OK twice to finish the changes.

Just FYI, you should really be very careful when changing permissions of guest accounts in the case of the red-hot main folders like Windows, Program Files or Program Data, etc. because these folders contain sensitive material about your computer, and they shouldn’t have access to it unless it is absolutely necessary.

3. Review Folder Permissions

If taking ownership hasn’t helped you gain access to those files, then you have to have full control over the folder which will grant you access to anything and everything on that computer.

Head over to the Security tab in the folder in question’s properties as you did in the last step and you will see a list of users and groups on your PC. Select your user on this list and in the bottom box you will see what permissions you have and to get the absolute most power, click on the Full control option that will give you permissions to all of the filing system options (write, edit, delete and share).

4. Recheck your Antivirus Settings

Sometimes your antivirus can also be overprotective and lock you out of accessing certain suspicious folders and files.

If you think they are safe, then you can access these files by changing the shield settings of the antivirus and put the folder or file in a whitelist so that your antivirus doesn’t stop you or just close the antivirus altogether and see if that helps.

5. Check for File Encryption

Another reason for you to see that message is that the folder or file must be encrypted. You don’t notice this encryption if you are the owner but for the rest of the accounts, these files are off-limit.


So, the fact of the matter is that you probably don’t have the permissions to access certain files and folders and you need to be the owner or at least have administrative rights attached to your user. Get that fixed and everything will fall into place accordingly.

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