FIXED: You Don’t Currently Have Permission To Access This Folder Error

If you are seeing “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder” error when opening a folder, follow these steps to fix it.

When you try to open certain folders in Windows, it will show an angry message letting you know that you don’t have sufficient permissions to open or modify the folder. Even if you press the “Continue” button, you get denied from accessing the folder.

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Generally, this error pops up when you try to open system folders. However, this might also happen with general folders if the permissions are modified by you or some other program in the system.

To fix the error, you need to modify and assign proper permissions. Once you do that, you can access and even modify the folder if necessary.

Steps to Fix You Don’t Currently Have Permission To Access This Folder

To fix the error, you need to provide your user account with “Full Control” permission. Once you have that permission, you can open the folder without any resistance.

Note: You need administrative privileges to follow the procedure.

To fix ‘you don’t currently have permission to access this folder’ error, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Find the folder that is giving you the error.
  2. Right-click on it and select “Properties“.
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  3. Go to the “Security” tab.
  4. Click on the “Edit” button.
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  5. Click “Add“.
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  6. In the blank field, type your user account name and click “Check Names” button.
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  7. Now, click on the “Ok” button.
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  8. Select your user account under the “Groups or user names” section.
  9. Select “Full Control” checkbox under “Allow“.Fix dont have permission to access folder error - full control
  10. Click “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.
  11. Click on the “Ok” button in the main window to close it.

That is it. You’ve given your user account full control over the target folder. From now on, you can access the folder without the Insufficient Permissions error.

Why Do You Face Insufficient Permissions Error in the First Place?

Even though the error message is fairly obvious, you might be wondering why you don’t have permission to access folders in your system.

There are several reasons for this error. For instance, if a system administrator created the folder and you are not a system administrator, you might get the “you don’t currently have permission to access this folder” error when trying to open or modify it. The same is applicable to system folders and user-specific folders.

For obvious reasons, some system folders cannot be opened, modified, deleted even if you have administrative privileges. This because, the ownership of the system folder belongs to the System, not any user. This helps protect important files and folders from being accidentally deleted or modified by unwanted programs, like viruses.

That being said, if really want to access a blocked folder, you can follow the steps shown above to get access to the target folder. When you are dealing with the System folder, only do this if you know what you are doing and it is absolutely necessary.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to disable security questions in Windows 10 and how to add take ownership option to the right-click menu.

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