It is always interesting when Windows informs you don’t have permission to access something on your own computer. Sometimes, when you attempt to access a folder Windows will lock you out with an Access Denied error.

Of course, if you are not an administrator on your computer, you’ll see these errors if you attempt to access protected folders or other users’ files. Assuming you have admin rights and still see these access denied errors, here is how to repair them.

Take ownership of file/folder

Step 1: Open up File Explorer. Navigate to the location where the folder that you want to take ownership of is situated.

Step 2: Right-click on the folder and then click Properties.

Step 3: Proceed to the Security tab. Click on Advanced button to open Advanced Security Settings for the current folder.

Step 4: You should now see the Change link beside the owner field. Click on the Change link to start Select this object type dialog.

Step 5: In Enter the object name to select registered, type Administrators, and then click Check Namesbutton. Lastly, click OK button to view Advanced Security Settings.

Step 6: Finally, check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects option. Click Apply button to take the ownership of the folder. That’s it!

Add take ownership to file/folder context menu in Windows 10

The above method is ideal to take ownership of files/folders in Windows 10. However, if you think that the procedure is long and takes a considerable amount of time, you may add a Take ownership option to file/folder context menu to quickly take ownership of files and folders in Windows 10.

Step 1: Follow the step-by-step directions in our how to add Take Ownership choice to right-click menu in Windows 10 guide to add Take Ownership choice to file/folder context menu.

Step 2: Right-click on the folder that you wish to take ownership of, and click Take Ownership option. That’s it!

You should now have the ability to open or access the folder without”You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you’ll need to use the safety tab” error.

Use TakeOwnershipEx usefulness to take ownership of folders

There are a number of third-party utilities out there to enable you take possession of folders and files in Windows operating system. One of these is TakeOwnershipEx utility.

To take ownership of a file/folder, run TakeOwnershipEx tool, click Take Ownership and pick a file/folder to take ownership of the file/folder. You can also right-click on a folder and then click Take ownership/restore ownership choice to restore or take ownership of a folder.