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Fixed: You Don’t Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder Windows 11

Quickly resolve this issue by modifying the local policy settings

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If you have ever encountered the error message “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder” while trying to access a folder in Windows 11, you know firsthand how frustrating it can be especially if it is urgent. However, you are not alone in this situation as many other Windows users have complained about this problem.

This error usually comes up as a result of insufficient permission. This means you do not have the required permissions to access the folder. This guide has been written to walk you through various steps to troubleshoot this error, so ensure to read to the end.

1. Modify local policy settings

In Windows 11, you have a tool called the Local Group Policy Editor (GPE) that lets you control and customize different parts of the operating system, like system policies, security settings, and user permissions. By following the instructions outlined below, you can easily use this tool to resolve the “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder” error.

  1. Hold Windows + R simultaneously to open the Run dialogue, input the command below, then hit Enter.
    gpedit.msc
    you don't currently have permission to access this folder windows 11
  2. Once the editor screen appears, navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings >  Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
    you don't currently have permission to access this folder windows 11
  3. Now look for the User Account Control Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account option on the right pane, and double-click on it to modify.
  4. Turn off the settings by clicking on the Disabled option.
  5. Click Apply and OK.
  6. Next, look for the User Account Control Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode policy settings.
  7. Lastly, click the Disabled radio button, and select Apply and OK like the previous policy settings.

2. Change file ownership

This error can also be fixed by changing file ownership, which gives your user account complete control over the folder and lets you view and edit its contents. The original ownership permissions are superseded when you assume ownership of a file or folder, making you the effective owner. By doing this, you can change the permissions of the folder and give yourself or other users the appropriate access privileges. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Right-click on the required folder, and choose Properties.
  2. Navigate to the Security tab, and go to the group or username section.
  3. Select Advanced, then click on Change.
  4. Next, enter your account name, click the Check Names button, then choose OK.

3. Grant access to everyone

Granting access to everyone can help resolve this error in Windows 11 by providing all users with the necessary permissions to access the folder. Follow the instructions below to achieve this.

  1. Look for the folder you are trying to access, right-click on it, and choose Properties.
    you don't currently have permission to access this folder windows 11
  2. Navigate to the Security tab, then click on Edit.
  3. Next, click Add, input everyone in the text field, click the Check Names button, then hit OK.
  4. Now, choose Everyone, select Full control, then click Apply and OK.
  5. Finally, check to see if you now have access to the folder.

4. Authorize your account to access the folder

Some users have pointed out that giving direct instructions to your user account to access the folder has helped them resolve this problem. We recommend doing the same thing by following the outlined procedures below.

  1. Look for the required folder, right-click on it, and choose Properties.
    you don't currently have permission to access this folder windows 11
  2. Navigate to the Security tab, and hit Edit.
  3. Next, click on the Add button.
    you don't currently have permission to access this folder windows 11
  4. Now select Advanced in the Select User or Group menu.
  5. Click the Find Now button, select your username from the list of options, then click OK.
    you don't currently have permission to access this folder windows 11
  6. Click OK again to complete the process.
  7. Once you have done this, try opening your folder again and see if you now have access.

Final Thoughts

We have covered various ways to easily overcome the “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder” error on Windows 11. Ensure to follow the steps carefully to get a positive result. If you would also like to learn how to fix a corrupted file or directory, check out the linked article.

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