Windows 10: I don't have access to certain files, despite being on an administrator account

Discus and support I don't have access to certain files, despite being on an administrator account in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; A lot of you may have seen people post issues like this, and believe me, I've seen those posts too. I've yet to find a solution in my search. Most... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by CharlieMeka, May 13, 2021.

  1. I don't have access to certain files, despite being on an administrator account


    A lot of you may have seen people post issues like this, and believe me, I've seen those posts too. I've yet to find a solution in my search. Most people get a certain error message when trying to gain ownership of a file or folder, but this isn't my issue. It might be, but I wouldn't know until I actually have a chance to try to gain access. See, in order to take ownership of a file, you'd normally need to right click on the file, select properties, select security, select advanced, and click change next to the name of the owner of the file. When I try to do the last step, I'm taken to a wind

    :)
     
    CharlieMeka, May 13, 2021
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  2. angus Win User

    Settings can't be opened using the built-in administrator account


    Hello,
    Unfortunately I have the same issue as Dabz from upgrading win7 to win10.
    I've tried opening settings using all the suggested methods and it will not load using my account with Administrator access nor the built-in Administrator profile. I also tried other methods not listed such as using Run. Control panel is just a stepping stone to add users in Settings.
    I'm also having explorer.exe issues, which I believe is preventing Settings from loading.
    Using cmd (Admin) I successfully created a new user profile [and granted admin access also using cmd (Admin)], however win10 will not allow this account to log on. win10 does not list this new user within control panel but it does in the start menu. win10 will not allow to log in or switch to the new account via the start menu either.
    I can access settings in Safe Mode but this will not allow me to create a new account.
    Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
     
    angus, May 13, 2021
    #2
  3. Gino Des Win User
    Can't Access Administrator Account - Windows 10

    Hi,

    To resolve this issue, we suggest that you start your PC in safe mode. Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. For steps on how to start your PC in safe mode, refer to the following link:

    Start your PC in safe mode in Windows 10
    .

    Once you are in safe mode, let's enable the built-in Administrator account on your PC. Follow the steps below:

    • Right-click on the Start menu.
    • Click on Command Prompt (Admin).
    • Type net user administrator /active:yes on the command prompt, and press Enter. This command will enable the built-in Administrator account.
    • Type net user administrator password on the command prompt, and press Enter. This will change the Administrator account's password to
      password.
    • Reboot your computer, and sign in as Administrator.

    Once you are signed in as Administrator, let's make your old account as Administrator. Follow the steps below:

    • Right-click on the Start menu.
    • Click on Settings > Accounts > Other Users.
    • Click on your other account and click on Change account type.
    • Under Account type, select Administrator.

    Let us know how it goes for us to assist you further.
     
    Gino Des, May 13, 2021
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  4. Xylee Del Win User

    I don't have access to certain files, despite being on an administrator account

    Can't access my home user account on Windows 10.

    File Explorer may have encountered an issue due system conflict. To correct this, follow the steps below:

    • On the Search bar, type in quick access and press Enter.
    • Select File Explorer Options.
    • On the General tab, make sure to set Open File Explorer to
      This PC.
    • Under Privacy, remove the check mark on Show recently used files in Quick access
      and Show frequently used folders in Quick access.
    • Click Apply and OK.
    We also suggest that you follow these steps on how to Enable Built-in Administrator
    to access your files and perform the troubleshooting steps given by
    Pavan_N
    and BulldogXX. Follow the steps below to Enable Built-in Administrator:

    The built-in elevated "Administrator account" is a local account that has full unrestricted access rights to the PC.

    • Right click on the Windows icon, select Command Prompt.
    • A Command Prompt window will open.
    • Type in or copy and paste this command:
      • net user administrator /active:yes
    • Press Enter. Close the Command Prompt.
    • Sign out with your current account and try to sign in using Administrator.

    Let us know if these troubleshooting steps worked.
     
    Xylee Del, May 13, 2021
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