Windows – Access denied to a file or folder (directory


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Windows - Access denied to a file or folder (directoryIf Windows prevents you from accessing a file or directory with a message type "Access denied" or "The user does not have access rights"It is probably a permissions problem in the network or the NTFS file system.

First, try to connect to the system with an Administrator account to check if the file is accessed. Otherwise, launch a disk check (scandisk).

Windows XP (for NTFS)
  • Click on the item in question with the right button and choose properties.
  • In the tab security, click on advanced settings.
  • If the Security tab does not appear in Windows XP Pro, on the Tools menu, select Folder Options, and then in the window click on the View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing".
    • To add the tab security Windows XP Home Edition, see this procedure.
  • In the tab Owner, add that user as owner. Check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects"And confirm.
  • It is essential to note that the option "refuse" overrides "to allow". Thus, it is best to uncheck "to allow" rather than check "refuse". Furthermore, if the user in question is part of several groups and that access is denied to one group, then access will be denied!


In Windows VistaSee this trick:
  • Appropriating a file whose access is denied

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