FIX: You don’t have permission to open this file in Windows 10

FIX: You don’t have permission to open this file in Windows 10

If you have ever tried to access the files and folders in Windows and receive an ‘Access Denied’ error message, or you can not access/modify/save or file, or folder delete, or not be able to open a file or folder after upgrading or installing version new Windows, this article is for you.

In particular, this applies to you if you have experienced the ‘You do not have permission to open this file in Windows 10 “error message.

You get access denied error message


It can happen either because ownership of the file/folder has been changed, you do not have the appropriate permissions, or the file is encrypted. When displaying the file as green, it indicates that someone has been encrypted to block access. Only people who can decrypt the encrypted it.

If you have recently upgraded to a higher version of Windows, some account information may have changed so that you may no longer have ownership of some files or folders. To overcome this, take ownership of a file or folder using the following steps:

  • Right-click on the folder you want to take ownership of, and then tap Properties.
  • Choose the Security tab
  • Select Advanced
  • Click Change.
  • If you are asked for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Type the name of the person you want to give ownership of, and then click Check Names. The account name for the person you assign ownership is displayed.
    Click OK.
  • If you want that person to be the owner of files and subfolders in this folder, select the Replace owner on sub containers and objects check box.
    Click OK.


If you do not have the appropriate permissions, check the permissions on the folder by following these steps:
  • Right-click the file, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab.
  • Under Group or user names, type your name to see the permissions you have.
  • To open a file, you must have permission to read. To alter the permissions of a file or folder, follow the steps.
  • Log on as an administrator.
  • Right-click the file, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Security tab.
  • Under Group or user names, type your name to see the permissions you have.
  • Click Edit, click on your name, select the check box for the permissions you must have, and then click OK.
    If the folder is encrypted, you can not open without the certificate used to encrypt it. Here is how to determine if it is encrypted:

Right-click the file or folder, and then click Properties.

  • Click the General tab.
  • Click Advanced.

If the Encrypt contents to secure data check box is selected, you need the certificate that was used to encrypt a file or folder to be opened. In this case, obtain a certificate from the person who created or encrypted files or folders, or their decryption.

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