Fix: Can’t Delete folder on Windows 10

A lot of users face this error on almost all the versions of the Windows OS when they want to change system files or gain full control of another account’s files. This error is primarily prompted when you try to access/modify a file which doesn’t come under your authorization. This error can pop up on a number of events. You might want to access old files from an older account or you might want to configure some system files present in local disk C.

If you don’t have specific permission, Windows will deny you access indefinitely. IF your account has administrative privileges, you can gain access to the file by changing the ownership. You can change the ownership of any file/folder through the GUI.

Method 1: Changing ownership through GUI

This is the easier method and may suit most of the people in taking ownership of any file or folder. However, if you want to go with changing the registry, you can refer to the second method explained below.

  1. Open your File Explorer and navigate to the file or folder you want to access.
  2. Right click it and select Properties from the list of options.
  3. Now select the Security tab (present at the top) to access the NTFS permissions.
  4. Now click the Advanced button. 

  1. Once in the Advanced security window, click on “Change” located at the front of Owner filed.
  2. Now click on the Advanced button on the next window that comes forth.
  3. Now you will be on the “select user or group” page. Click on Advanced so we can select which accounts are available.
  4. Click on “Find Now” to search for an account to which you can grant the ownership to.
  5. Once you have selected the user to whom you wish to transfer the ownership to, press Ok and save changes.

  1. Now we need to grant your account full access. Right click on the file/folder and click on Properties from the list of options.
  2. Navigate to the Security tab so we can access the NTFS permissions.
  3. Click on the Advanced
  4. Now you will see all the permissions listed regarding each account in front of you. Under the Permission tab, click on Add.
  5. Now you should click on Select a Principal so we can add your account.
  6. Again you will be seeing the “Select User or Group” window in front of you. Click on Advanced so we can browse through all the accounts.
  7. Click on the Find Now button to list all the account to whom permission can be granted.
  8. Locate your account from the list and click on Ok and save changes.

You now have complete access and ownership of the file/folder and you can modify it any way you require.

Kevin Arrows


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Fix: Can’t Delete folder on Windows 10

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