Windows 10: Folder Access Denied

Discus and support Folder Access Denied in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; I recently tried to change my Username from the default first five letters of my email address by following one of Shawn Brinks tutorials. After three... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by gordon99, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. gordon99 Win User

    Folder Access Denied

    I recently tried to change my Username from the default first five letters of my email address by following one of Shawn Brinks tutorials. After three or four failed attempts I gave up and am stuck with the default which is C:\ User\grtat. I will probably return to that in the near future.

    Before making these attempts however, I copied some personal files and folders to an external hard drive as a precaution. I have now put these files back onto my PC, mainly into Dropbox but then found I was unable to delete one particular folder or its files. I transferred the folder to OneDrive where I managed to delete the files but not the now empty folder. Each time I try to delete a message says "Folder Access Denied. You need permission from Desktop-H50PYDC\grtat to make changes to this folder" Now, as my PC has the name shown and my Username is correct, I cannot, for the life of me, see why I need permission from my own PC and myself.

    I have tried following other tutorials showing how to deal with such situations and get the necessary permissions but I always end up not being sure who the Principle etc should be and whatever I try I end up failing.

    I would be grateful if someone could give me an idiots guide to securing the necessary permissions to delete this empty folder. I know it is little importance in the scheme of things if an empty folder is left on the PC but I am just irritated that I cannot succeed in what should be a straightforward procedure.

    gordon99, Dec 16, 2018
  2. Jose Est Win User

    Destination Folder Access Denied


    There are times that you may run into the issue of being unable to open or access or work with files and folder. The common message that flashes on your computer screen when you try doing so reads: "Access Denied."

    This can occur for one or more of the following reasons:

    • The folder ownership may have changed.
    • You do not have the proper permissions.
    • The file may be encrypted.
    • The file may be in use.
    • The file may be corrupt.
    • The user profile may be corrupt.
    To resolve this issue, the first step is to run CHKDSK. It detects and fix disk corruption. To run CHKDSK, follow these steps:

    • Press Win+X.
    • Select Command Prompt (Admin).
    • In the window that opens enter your CHKDSK command.
    Get back to us to if you need further assistance.
    Jose Est, Dec 16, 2018
  3. Geethu B Win User
    Unable to access a folder, it denies permission


    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Community. I understand that you have an issue with permission.
    I will surely help you to fix this issue.

    To understand the issue better, I would need more information from your end.1. Is the issue specific with a particular folder?

    2. What is the complete error message?

    This issue could have occurred due to these reasons:

    • Permission issue.

    • Corrupt User Account.

    • Damaged files.

    I suggest you to try the steps under the section Issue 1:
    I get an "Access Denied" error message when accessing or working with files and folders
    in the following article and check if it helps.

    "Access Denied" or other errors when accessing or working with files and folders in Windows


    1. Applies to Windows 10.

    2. You may need to be logged on as an administrator to change file and folder permissions.

    Hope this information helps. Reply to the post with updated status of the issue so that we can assist you further.
    Geethu B, Dec 16, 2018
  4. EsMj Win User

    Folder Access Denied

    Change Folder Destination access Denied


    After following the steps suggested, I get the message "Access denied" in command prompt.

    Please advise how to allow permission.

Folder Access Denied

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