Q: Access denied when trying to rename Folders This thread is locked from future replies

Hi, I'm the only user, also Administrator, of my Computer (which has Windows Vista). Evry once and a while, however not alsways, when I'm trying to rename a folder (just a usual one, containing music and other personal files), a confirmation is required. I then confirm, bur there shows a message "access denied" and I cannot rename the folder. How do I solve this?



Hi Nikita_2507,

A) Try taking the ownership of the file and then rename it.
1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership

2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties”. Select the Security tab

3. Click on Edit in Properties Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request.

4. Select user/group from permission windows or click add to add another user or group.

5. Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant (check “Full Control” under the “Allow” to grant full access permissions to Administrators group)

For more information:
What to know before applying permissions to a file or folder? “

Troubleshoot "access denied" when opening files or folders
B) Try scanning the computer using Antivirus software because this issue can occur if the computer is infected with virus. You can do a PC Safety scan by clicking on the link and Clicking on the Full Service scan and accept the Agreement.

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