Fix Windows 10 Destination Folder Access Denied Issue

The latest version of the Windows operating system that you can get today is Windows 10. This was first released in 2015 and was made as a free upgrade to people who were running Windows 7 or Windows 8 on their computers. Although this is a solid performing operating system there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Windows 10 destination folder access denied issue.

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How To Fix Windows 10 Destination Folder Access Denied Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

There are several factors that can cause this particular problem however it usually occurs when there are multiple users configured on a system. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps you need to do to fix this problem.

Check connectivity

If this issue occurs when trying to access a shared folder on another computer then you will need to make sure that it is online.

You will need the IP address of the computer that is hosting the file you are trying to access. You can get this information by typing ipconfig /all on the command prompt of that computer.

Once you have obtained the IP address you will need to ping this from the computer that is experiencing the issue. Open command prompt then type ping -t IPADDRESS, where IPADDRESS is the IP address of the other computer.

If you are not getting replies then the computer hosting the file  might not be connected to the network or it could have a firewall setting that is blocking connections.

Check the Sharing permissions

Take note that you will perform the following steps on the computer that is hosting the file.

  • Go to the folder that is shared.
  • Right click on it and choose Properties. 
  • Click the Sharing/Share tab and choose Share.
  • You will be able to check/add/delete users. Make sure the user trying to access this folder from the other computer is listed here, if not you can add  it easily via command prompt.

To add a user

  • Hold Windows Key and Press R.
  • Type cmd and click OK.
  • On the command prompt window type net user /add [username] [password] then press  the enter key.
  • Type net localgroup administrators [username] /add then press  the enter key.
  • Restart your computer.

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Turn On Network Discovery & File Sharing

You will need to perform this step on both computers.

  • In the search box type Network and Sharing Center then press enter to open it.
  • In the Network and Sharing Center’s window, click on Change advanced sharing settings in the left pane.
  • Click the arrow against Home or Work. Make sure Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing radio buttons are selected. If not, select them and click OK.

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Try using advanced sharing

Take note that you will perform the following steps on the computer that is hosting the file.

  • Click on the Sharing tab. Click Share, write the ComputerName\Username of the user who wants to modify it, and click Add. If the user’s already there, you can skip this.
  • Under Permission Level, select Read/Write. Click Share > Done.
  • Click on Advanced Sharing, click yes if the User Account Control (UAC) warning appears. Click on Share this folder to put a check on it.
  • Click on Permissions. Click Add.
  • Type YourComputerName\YourUserName & click OK.
  • Make sure “Full Control” option is checked under the “Allow” column. Click Apply > OK.
  • Click Apply > OK in the Advanced Sharing window.
  • Close the properties.

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Try to disable user account control

Take note that you will perform the following steps on the computer that is hosting the file.

  • Type UAC in the search box. In the search results above, click Change User Access Control Settings. Drag the slider on the left to the bottom to “Never notify”. Click OK.
  • A UAC warning window will appear. Click Yes.
  • Restart your computer. 

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Transfer ownership of the file/folder

Take note that you will perform the following steps on the computer that is hosting the file.

  • Right click on the target folder/file. From the pop up menu, click on Properties. In the folder’s Properties window, click on the Security tab. Click on the Advanced button.
  • Click on Owner tab in the newly opened window. Click the Edit button in the bottom to change the owner.
  • Click on Other users or groups. Enter your account’s username in the following format: YourComputerName\YourUsername (or enter just the username and hit check names) if user is local, it will be automatically populated.
  • Click OK to add the user as owner. Click the Checkbox of Replace owner on subcontainers and objects to place a check on it. Click Apply > OK. Keep clicking OK to confirm and close the opened windows. 

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Set permissions for your user account

Take note that you will perform the following steps on the computer that is hosting the file.

  • Right click on the target file/folder you want to modify (copy/move/delete/rename).
  • Click on Properties.
  • In the Properties window, Make sure the Read-only checkbox is clear. 
  • Click on the Security tab.
  • Click on the Edit button.
  • If your username is already on the “Groups or user names” list, click on it.
  • Click on the box next to “Full control” to place a check on it. If it’s already checked, clear the check box, and then click on it again to place a check on it.
  • If your user name is not on the list, Click Add.
  • Click Apply, and then OK.
  • Click Apply in the Properties window. If a window appears, select “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files”. Click OK and let the Windows complete its process.
  • Click OK to close the Properties window.

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