Have no permissions in my own folders Windows 10

Alright. I'm absolutely livid at this point. I've been using Windows 10 against my own judgement for months now, and this has never been a problem before.

I have ownership of every file. I am the administrator. Inside the security settings everything is full access. And yet half of my computers files are still restricted, not allowing me to change/remove/add any files to them. I'm at a loss here. How come me, the administrator with full access has no access to my own computer?

Whenever I try to do something it says

"You need to provide administrator permission to move this folder" (I'm not trying to move anything, I'm trying to put a file into it)

After I click continue, it responds with "Destination Folder Access Denied - You need permission to perform this action"

This is ridiculous. My anti-virus is not stopping me from having this access, the access settings are not stopping me from having access. Everything is set to allow me to do this. Why can i not? Before I used Windows 10 I never had any problems accessing these files. 

 
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Hello,

Thank you contacting Microsoft Community.

As I have understood, you are experiencing issue with no permissions in my own folders and getting message: “Destination folder access denied, you need permission to perform this action” on the system.

I certainly understand your concern.

I would suggest you to try the following steps and check if that helps.

  1. Go to file explorer C:\Users and right click on your username.
  2. Then select properties.
  3. Then select Security.
  4. Then select Advanced.
  5. Then click enable Inheritance.
  6. It will take a minute to alter all the changes.

Once it finishes, check if it fixes the issue.

I hope this information is helpful.

Please do let us know if you need any further assistance, we will be glad to assist you.

Thank you.

Regards
Jayant Gupta - Microsoft Support Engineer

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Hello,

Thank you contacting Microsoft Community.

As I have understood, you are experiencing issue with no permissions in my own folders and getting message: “Destination folder access denied, you need permission to perform this action” on the system.

I certainly understand your concern.

I would suggest you to try the following steps and check if that helps.

  1. Go to file explorer C:\Users and right click on your username.
  2. Then select properties.
  3. Then select Security.
  4. Then select Advanced.
  5. Then click enable Inheritance.
  6. It will take a minute to alter all the changes.

Once it finishes, check if it fixes the issue.

I hope this information is helpful.

Please do let us know if you need any further assistance, we will be glad to assist you.

Thank you.

I followed these steps exactly. After step 5, after clicking the "Enable inheritance" button, and clicking OK, I received a dialog box pop-up (with another underneath) that read as follows....

So, I clicked on "Continue" and got another pop-up:

Got the same message for the Temporary Internet Files sub-folder ... Application Data, and dozen more sub-folders.

What gives?

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Yup, I get the same thing.

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I tried changing permissions and still didn't work.

(I had recently changed my Microsoft's account password)

MY SOLUTION was:

in the "Account Settings", there was a link for "validate this computer" (or something like that).

I had to enter my password again, got the text on the phone with the code, etc.

the all started working again.

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When you get this error, "you need permission to perform this action windows 10", its best that you take the full control of the windows as an administrator instead of being a standard user. However, if you still insist on being a standard user then you can create a .bat using a notepad file by the name eg: games.bat. Now open your file in edit mode and type in SET DIRECTORY_NAME=”C:/Program Files/Epic Games/UnrealTournamentDev6”

TAKEOWN /f %DIRECTORY_NAME% /r /d y

ICACLS %DIRECTORY_NAME% /grant administrators:F /t

PAUSE
Hopefully you won't have anymore problems

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I was having this issue and tried the provided solutions to no avail.

Then I had the idea to look in my processes in Task Manager to see if anything from either folder (the one you want to move the files from, and the one you're moving files to) was running anything. Turns out there was an app running from the "to" folder, ending that process resolved the issue for me.

Hope this helps,

 ~ Zatherio

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