If you recently upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, you may get an error message “You do not currently have permission to access this folder” when you try to access folders on your computer. Don’t worry, follow these solutions and the problem will disappear instantly.
When you try to save a file to a folder or access a folder on your Windows 10 PC, you may get an error message “You do not currently have permission to access this folder, click “Next” to access this folder permanently”.
If you click “Continue”, you will get the following message: “You have been denied permission to access this folder. You must use the “Security” tab to access this folder.
Windows 10 displays the above error if the user account does not have enough rights to access the folder. If you are a PC administrator or know the administrator password, you can easily fix the error by adding the necessary permissions to the folder.
What causes the “You do not currently have permission to access this folder” error
If you’ve dealt with error code 0x80007005 before, the problem may look familiar. Both of these errors are caused by changes that occur during the transition to Windows 10.
You may have had an old user in Windows 7. Note that this feature is no longer available in Windows 10. As a result, folders will be locked automatically. This is how the system tells you that you need to reassign ownership of the folders.
According to Microsoft, several factors can cause this problem:
- Somehow a user or group has been removed from the list of allowed “group or user names” on the folder’s “Security” tab.
- An explicit “opt-out” feature was unintentionally applied to the user or group.
- There is a conflict between New Technology File System (NTFS) permissions and shared permissions.
To resolve the message “You do not currently have permission to access this folder”
To gain access by allowing everyone to access it
- Right-click on the folder you cannot access and select Properties.
- Click the “Security” tab and under “Group or User Names” click “Edit”.
- Click “Add” and enter “All”. Click the “Verify Names” button, and then click the “OK” button.
- Select “All.” Under “Allow”, select “Full Control” and click “Apply”, then “OK”.
Changing File/Folder Ownership
You can also try changing the ownership of a file or folder to resolve the “You do not currently have permission to access this folder” issue in Windows 10/8/7.
- Right-click on the folder and go to Properties.
- On the “Security” tab, go to “Group or username”.
- Click on “Advanced” and then on “Edit”.
- Enter your account name. Click Verify Names -> OK.
- Check “Replace owner for sub-containers and objects” -> “OK”.
Recovering files from an inaccessible folder using a professional data recovery program
If the above solutions don’t help and you urgently need to read files in an inaccessible folder, you can use data recovery software to recover data from a specific folder in Windows 10/8/7. Third-party software can recover files from hard drive/SSD, USB flash drive, memory card, external hard drive, and other storage devices with very fast recovery speed.
Download a third-party recovery software and follow the steps below to easily recover data from an inaccessible folder.
- Launch the third-party recovery software, place the mouse cursor on the partition where the data has been lost, and then click “Scan”.
- Wait for the scanning process to finish. If you need to double-click an item to preview the file, select the data you want to recover.
- Click Restore, select a location for the restored data, then click OK. You must save the data to a different location than the original.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Right-click on the folder you can't access and select Properties.
- Go to the Security tab and click "Edit" under "Group or User Names".
- Click "Add" and enter "All".
- Click "Verify Names" and then click "OK".
- Display the Properties dialog box.
- Click on the "Security" tab.
- Click on "Edit."
- Click the Add button.
- In the Enter names of objects to select text box, enter the name of the user or group that should have access to the folder (for example, 2125).
- Click OK.
- Click OK in the Security window.
Find the document for which you want to view permissions. Right-click the folder or file and choose Properties from the context menu. Click the Security tab and click the Advanced button. The Permissions tab displays the permissions that users have for a particular file or folder.
- Log in to your computer as an administrator.
- Right-click the file or folder whose permissions you wish to change, and select Properties.
- Click the Security tab.
- Select the user whose permissions you want to change and click Edit.
- To add a new user or group, click Edit, then click Add.
- Click Advanced, and then click Search Now.