I can't access my own files under windows 10

I've been having problems with my music folder ever since I upgraded to windows 10.

I've just got a new computer. I wanted to copy my music folder from an external drive to new hard drive.

This is not the windows default Music Library but a folder called music with (like most people) ten years + worth of music.

I cannot access the folder in any way, copy, move, open, rename etc.

I am the sole user of my new computer, logged in via microsoft account as administrator.

This is what happens:

"You don't currently have permission to access this folder" Click continue to permanently get access to this folder"

Click

"You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access you will need to use security tab"

Click on security tab

Click on Security

"You must have Read permissions to view the properties of this object"

Click on Advanced

Click continue

Click Change

Nothing I do on the next screen helps. Partly because I don't understand it:

I would greatly appreciate some help.

Thanks

 

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In the last screen above you must enter your Windows account name (e.g. Russell) then click Check Names. You might still face an uphill battle, so asking a computer-savvy friend to help you would be a good idea.

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Thanks Frederik. I already tried this but it claims I don't exist...

To be honest, I'm incredibly frustrated that windows has locked me out of my own files

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Here is how you can find out the exact spelling of your account name:

  1. Click the Search icon on the Task Bar.
  2. Type cmd.exe then click Command Prompt at the top.
  3. Type this command and press Enter:
    net  users

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Hi Frederik

That's helpful. Thank you. I now have full permissions to the folder BUT...

It tell me I still need to provide administrator permission to copy the folder.

I am the sole user with admin privileges.

Could you help me out again?

I'm very appreciative of your time & expertise

Thanks

Russell

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After setting yourself up as the owner, you must also give yourself full access to this folder.

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Thank you, finally figured it out, had to have permission for sub-folders too.

Thanks Frederik

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Hello Frederick,

This is not working for me.

I have had to take control of each and every sub-folder (i have about 100 (all my photos) and within each folder there are between 10 and 100 photos, so we are talking of thousands of photos.

Each photo is now locking me out.

There must be a better way.

Unfortunately all I am feeling once again is that Windows is not the best OS on the market.

Can you help me please?

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You can use an administrator's methed and deal with the problem in one fell swoop. If you report the exact path of the problem folder (e.g. C:\Users\JohnV\My Pictures) then I'll post the details.

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I've been following this thread because I have the same problem. However, I can do all the steps you mentioned but I have 4,000 folders and most of them have 4 - 6 sub folders. Spending the time to go through each folder is painstaking and extremely time consuming. You mentioned above you could show the other user how to do this in one fell swoop if he provided the path. Hopefully you can help me as well. The path is Desktop > Barbara's 1TB Backup (H) > Music from there I have 4,000 folders. A few (very few) of the folders I can access. But most, I can't. Please advise. I tried to "Share" it but I get a message that this folder can't be shared. So I tried Properties and made myself the owner. Still can't open most of the folder.

Thanks for any help!

Barbara

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The path is Desktop > Barbara's 1TB Backup (H) > Music from there I have 4,000 folders. A few (very few) of the folders I can access. But most, I can't. Please advise. I tried to "Share" it but I get a message that this folder can't be shared. So I tried Properties and made myself the owner. Still can't open most of the folder.

Thanks for any help!

Barbara

It would help if you told us how you got into this situation.

The folder details you post are too vague for me to issue any specific instructions. You could run the steps below to put some flesh on this bone:

  1. Mark, then copy the code line below.
  2. Press the Windows key.
  3. Press the Space bar.
  4. Press Ctrl+V to paste the code line.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Double-click the new desktop file Files.txt.
  7. Mark & copy its contents, then paste it into your reply.
  8. Name at least one folder that you are unable to access.

cmd.exe  /c  dir  /a  H:\  >  "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Files.txt"  & pause

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