Resolving Windows Folder Access Denied Error

By | August 17, 2016

I previously got rid of my desktop when its motherboard got damaged. Prior to throwing it away, I recovered its SATA hard drive.

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I recently connected the retrieved hard drive into my laptop as shown above (Local Disk (G:)) and attempted to delete windows system folders such as the “hidden” ProgramData folder

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However I ran into an error message “you require permission from administrators to make changes to this folder” as shown below:

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The simplest way to resolve this would be for me to log onto my desktop and delete the file from there. However, my desktop no longer exist.

I therefore tried several ways of resolving this error including:

  • Disabling the UAC local security policy that enforces this check
  • Enabling “inheritance” in the security options of the folder

Fortunately, I found the below script from howtogeek.com which fixed the error for me.

http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/TakeOwnership.zip

Download and extract the files from the above link.

Click the InstallTakeOwnership command. You will then be asked confirm your action as shown below:

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Upon clicking Yes button, you will receive below message to confirm successful installation of the InstallTakeOwnership script.

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Once the script has been installed, a new option “Take Ownership” will come up when you right click a folder or a file as shown below:

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Once you click the Take Ownership button shown above, a command window will come up which inform you that ownership of a selected folder/file has been transferred to your account as shown below.

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Afterwards you can proceed to deleting the file/folder as shown below:

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