How To Fix Access Denied In Windows 11

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An "Access Denied" issue might be annoying and disruptive to your operation if you use Windows 11. This frequent problem can prevent you from performing necessary tasks when you want to access particular files, folders, or system settings. We will look at four efficient ways to resolve "Access Denied" issues in Windows 11 in this blog post. These detailed answers can assist you in regaining control over your system and avoiding any needless hassles, whether you're a rookie or seasoned user.

Take control of the file or folder 

  1. Right-click the file or folder that is displaying the "Access Denied" 
  2. From the context menu, choose "Properties".
  3. Select the "Security" option in the Properties box.
  4. At the bottom, click the "Advanced" button.
  5. Select the "Change" link next to the owner's name.
  6. In the "Enter the object name to select" section, enter the name of your user account, and then click "Check Names" to confirm.
  7. Press "OK" to accept the modifications and become the owner of the file or folder.

Modify the file or folder's permissions

  • Use Method 1's Steps 1 through 4 to get to the Security tab.
  • In the Security tab, select the "Edit" button.
  • Pick out your user account from the list, then click "Full Control" to give it full permissions.
  • To save the changes, click "Apply" and then "OK".

Fixing "Access Denied" Using the Command Prompt 

  • Open Command Prompt as an administrator. To accomplish this, perform a "cmd" search in the Start menu, right-click "Command Prompt," and select "Run as administrator."
  • Type the following command and hit Enter to grant ownership:

takeown /f "C:\Path\to\file_or_folder" /r /d y

  • Type the following command and hit Enter to grant full permissions:

icacls "C:\Path\to\file_or_folder" /grant %USERNAME%:F /t

Disable User Account Control (UAC) 

  1. In the Start menu, type "User Account Control" and select "Change User Account Control settings."
  2. Move the slider to "Never notify" and then click "OK."
  3. To apply the modifications, restart your computer.


Although running into a "Access Denied" issue on Windows 11 can be annoying, it doesn't have to hinder your productivity. You can restore control of your files, directories, and system settings using the four techniques described in this blog post. Never forget to assume responsibility, modify permissions, use Command Prompt as required, and modify User Account Control settings as appropriate. You'll be prepared to handle any "Access Denied" concerns and guarantee a smoother Windows 11 computing experience by following these detailed solutions.

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