How to Fix “Access Denied” Error in Windows 8

It can be really frustrating when you are unable to access an important file or folder sent by a friend or colleague of yours. You may be getting the “Access Denied” error when trying to open a file. The error may occur due to insufficient privileges associated to your user account, corruption, incorrect date and time settings, or other miscellaneous reasons. Whatever the reason is you would want to evade the error and gain access to your file immediately. Here is what you can do to access your file within a few clicks.

Step 1

If your admin account is disabled in Windows 8 then you may be prevented from accessing a file or folder. On the Windows Home screen (or Windows Desktop), press the “Windows” key and type “cmd” in the Search Charm. Hit the “Search” button to search for Command Prompt. Right click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”. If prompted, enter your admin password and then continue. On the “Administrator: Command Prompt” window, type “net user administrator /active:yes” and hit “Enter”. The command should return a success message. Exit Command Prompt and then you should be all set to gain access to your file or folder.

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Step 2

If you are still unable to get gain access to a file or folder, you should take its ownership. To do so, right-click the folder and select <Properties> from the list of options. On the Properties window, highlight the “Security” tab, click “Advanced”, click “Change”, and then click “Edit”. If prompted, provide your admin password or confirm the action. Now type your name in the “Enter the object names to select” box as you want to give yourself permission to yourself to access the folder and then click the “Check Names” button. Now click the “OK” button to save changes.

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Now on the Properties window, click the “Advanced” button and then check the box beside “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save changes. Close all the windows and then try to open the file/folder.

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Step 3

If you still get the same error, check the date and time settings of your computer. If the data and time are incorrect, correct them, apply the changes and then try to access the folder again. You should be able to access the folder them. You should also correct the time zone settings. To change the date/time and time zone settings, right click the system clock appearing in the system tray at the bottom right hand corner of the screen and then select “Adjust date/time”. Change the settings and then save them.

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Step 4

If the file/folder is still inaccessible to you, then right click it and select “Properties”. On the Properties window, highlight the “Security” tab and select your name under “Group or user names” to see your permissions. Click the “Edit” button to change the folder permissions for your user account. Check the permission boxes and click “OK” to save changes. Close all the windows and then try opening the folder again.

Step 5

Chances are that the file is corrupt and that’s why you are not able to access it and are getting the “Access Denied” error. Ask the person to resend the file and then try to open it. If the file is not corrupt, you should be able to open it.

Step 6

If the file is carrying a malicious infection, Windows 8 may not be letting you open it to avoid getting your computer infected. So before you open this file, run a virus scan on it. If the file seems suspicious, delete it. If the file is clean, follow rest of the given methods one by one to unlock its access.

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