How do I fix ‘access denied’ errors in Windows 10, 8.1?
- Activate ‘Permission for your system’
- Change the User
- Scan your system for malware
- Try individual fixes for ‘access denied’ errors
A more and more rising number of our Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 users are having issues regarding the denied access to the operating system. Well, I am here to help you through these bad times and reassure you that after you read all this article has to offer you will be able to fix your Windows 8.1, Windows 10 device and have your access to the system up and running.
So in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, you might have all sorts of different access issues to the system. You might not be able to access your Program files, the whole Windows 10, Windows 8.1 partition or perhaps you are unable to copy, delete or paste into the device without authorization. Well, learning how to fix all these is done in just a few steps below.
How to fix:”denied access to your own Windows 10, Windows 8.1 computer”?
1. Activate ‘Permission for your system’
- Seeing that you might not have enough rights reserved on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 user we will fix this by double-clicking (left click) on the “Desktop” icon on the start screen.
- Double click (left click) or tap on the “C” partition or on the partition you have the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system installed.
- Double click (left click) or tap on the “Users” folder.
- Find your username and right click on it.
- Left click or tap on the “Properties” feature.
- Left click or tap on the “Security” tab.
- Under the “Group or user names” topic left-click or tap on the user you have.
- Left click or tap on the “Edit” button.
- Now under the topic “Permissions for system” you can place a check mark next to every topic you have there.
- After you are done left-click or tap on the “OK” button.
- Left click or tap on the “Ok” button in the second window.
- Reboot the Windows 8 or Windows 10 device and see if you still have trouble accessing the stuff in your PC.
2. Change the User
- Now if you are having issues accessing a specific folder from an external drive, follow the steps below.
- Right click on the folder from the external hard drive.
- Left click on “properties”.
- Left click or tap on the “Security” tab.
- Left click or tap on “Advanced” feature situated at the lower side of the window.
- Now in the “Advanced” window left click or tap on the “Owner” tab.
- Left click or tap on the “Edit” button you have in the window.
- Left click or tap on “yes” if you are prompted by a user account control window.
- In the “Change owner to” topic, you will need to left click on your user.
- Left click or tap on the “OK” button situated on the lower side of the screen.
Note: In the “Advanced Security Settings” window the owner should now be changed to your user.
- Left click or tap on the “OK” button again.
- Left click again on “OK” in the second window.
- Reboot the Windows 8 or Windows 10 device for the changes to fully take effect and try using the folder afterward.
3. Scan your system for malware
If the steps above did not work for you then you will need to do a full virus and malware scan of your system. There are cases when a virus can prevent you from using the operating system properly like not letting you open certain folders or copying certain files.
4. Try individual fixes for ‘access denied’ errors
This method is more selective as you need to know what is your type of error. Depending on what Windows 10 or 8.1 elements you cannot access, the solution will be different. The big plus is that you can fix that specific issues whithout interfering with your general system functionalities. Here’s a list of ‘access denied’ errors and how should they be fixed:
- Destination Folder access denied
- ‘Access denied’ in Windows 10 (general fix)
- ‘You need permission to perform this action’ error
- Access denied when editing host files
- ‘Location is not available: access denied’ error
Search for your specific error and try to fix the problem. In case you did not find the specific fix, search in our site’s search engine.
There you have it, a few easy methods and your access to the Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer is working correctly. You can also write us below in the comments section if you have any other questions on your mind regarding this particular subject.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.