Fix : File & Folder Access Denied error messages in Windows 7, Vista, XP

After reading this you will be able to solve the error messages saying “Access Denied” on your Windows Computer System, even with elevated / administrator privilege. There are quite a few reasons due to which you can receive these type of error messages. Some of the related error circumstances are :

  • You Re-installed or upgraded Windows to a new version & now you cannot open or modify a folder.
  • You have two Administrator accounts on the same PC & you cannot access single / few / multiple files or folders
  • You have a multi-boot operating system environment and you cannot access files from a specific drive or folder.

Some of the best ways to rectify this problem are:

  • Take ownership of the folder:
  • Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
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  • Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
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  • Click Edit.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.
  • Click OK.
  • If you have upgraded from Windows XP to Vista or 7
  • The location of Documents & Settings can now be found under Users folder .
  • Another Solution can be to simply copy the files to a new location before trying to open them
  • If your files are set as Read-only or Protected System Files
  • Follow this Guide : Click here
  • You are trying to read Encrypted Files
  • Try going to Command Prompt
  • Start menu –> type CMD –> Right Click –> Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to the folder that you wish to read
  • Type Cipher.exe /r


  • Check your Drive for errors
  • Sometimes a particular folder might not give you access if there is a file system error on the disk
  • Right Click the Drive in Computer
  • Go to Tools
  • Check Now
  • Check the Checkbox saying Automatically Fix File system errors
  • Alternatively you can
  • Run CHKDSK utility from the command prompt ( Run as Administrator )

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