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Fix: You might not have Permission to Use this Network Resource

This problem usually appears when Windows 10 users want to access data stored on other computers, servers, and networks. After trying to access the server, the following message would appear, indicating that access is not possible:

Server is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

There are several methods used by users in order to resolve this problem and we recommend you follow the instructions below carefully.

You might not have Permission to Use this Network Resource

What Causes the “You might not have Permission to Use this Network Resource” Error?

Check out the list below in order to see the most common causes for this specific problem. Identifying the correct cause is the first step in resolving the problem successfully and you should definitely check this out:

  • If you are trying to access a shared printer on the network, you should enable file and printer sharing on the host computer.
  • In order to access a remote server or computer, Windows sometimes needs to have a credential in order to trust the connection. Make sure you add it.
  • If all computers connected to the network don’t support the same type of encryption, problems like this are bound to occur.

Solution 1: Turning on file and printer sharing

If several computers are connected to a printer, there should be a host PC where the printer is installed. When trying to access the printer from a different computer, you might receive the error message saying you don’t have permission to access the network resource. In order to resolve that, you should definitely check if File and Printer Sharing is turned on for the network.

  1. Open Control Panel by searching for the utility in the Start button or by clicking the Search button (Cortana) button at the left part of your taskbar (bottom left part of your screen.
  2. You can also use the Windows Key + R key combo where you should type “control.exe” and click Run which will also open Control Panel directly.
Running Control Panel
  1. Switch the View by setting at the top right section of the window to Category and click on Network and Internet at the upper part of the window. Click the Network and Sharing center button in order to open it. Try to find the Change advanced sharing settings button at the left menu and click on it.
Change advanced sharing settings in Control Panel
  1. Expand the required network profile (Public or Private) under the “Change sharing options for different network profiles” section.
  2. Check the File and printer sharing section and set the radio button next to the Turn on file and printer sharing
Turn on file and printer sharing for the network
  1. Click the Save changes button and make sure you grant administrator permissions. Check to see if the “You might not have permission to use this network resource” error message still appears!

Solution 2: Adding a Windows Credential

If you are trying to connect to a remote server computer and the connection keeps failing, you might want to add a credential which will stop Windows from preventing this connection. In order to proceed, you will need to know the network address, username, and password of the remote computer or server.

  1. Start up Control Panel by searching for the utility in the Start button or by clicking the Search button (Cortana) button at the left part of your taskbar (bottom left part of your screen.
  2. You can also use the Windows Key + R key combo where you should type “control.exe” and click Run which will also open Control Panel directly.
Running Control Panel
  1. Change the View by option to Large icons at the top right part of the Control Panel window and try to locate the Credentials Manager
  2. Switch the view from Web Credentials to Windows Credentials and click the Add a Windows credential button under the respective section.
Add a Microsoft Credential in Credential Manager
  1. Enter the remote server computer name (IP address) in the Internet or network address, and enter User name and Password respectively. This will ensure a better connection and hopefully resolve the problem.

Solution 3: Editing LSA Registry Entry

Editing the LSA key in the registry should enable you to connect to the remote computer. This set of steps should be performed on the host computer of the workgroup, homegroup, or any other network with a centralized host computer. Make sure you are careful when handling the keys.

  1. Since you are going to delete a registry key, we recommend you check out this article we have published for you to safely backup your registry to prevent other problems. Still, nothing wrong will occur if you follow the steps carefully and correctly.
  2. Open the Registry Editor window by typing “regedit” in either the search bar, the Start menu, or the Run dialog box which can be accessed with the Windows Key + R key combination. Navigate to the following key in your registry by navigating at the left pane:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
Navigating to the Lsa key in Regedit
  1. Click on this key and try to locate an entry named restrictanonymous. If it’s not there, create a new DWORD Value entry called restrictanonymous by right-clicking at the right side of the window and choosing New >> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Right-click on it, and choose the Modify option from the context menu.
Modifying ‘restrictanonymous’ in Regedit
  1. In the Edit window, under the Value data section change the value to 0 and apply the changes you have made. Make sure the Base is set to Decimal. Confirm any security dialogs which may appear during this process.
  2. You can now manually restart your computer by clicking Start menu >> Power button >> Restart and check to see if the problem is gone. This will probably resolve the problem immediately.

Solution 4: Enable File Sharing for Devices that use 40- or 56-bit Encryption

This method is mostly aimed at networks where computers consist of several different operating systems which can sometimes go into conflict regarding the encryption used. For example, certain versions of Windows choose the 128-bit encryption by default which is not compatible with other versions. Either way, choose the same encryption for all connected computers in order to avoid problems.

  1. Start up Control Panel by searching for the utility in the Start button or by clicking the Search button (Cortana) button at the left part of your taskbar (bottom left part of your screen.
  2. You can also use the Windows Key + R key combo where you should type “control.exe” and click Run which will also open Control Panel directly.
Running Control Panel
  1. Switch the View by setting at the top right section of the window to Category and click on Network and Internet at the upper part of the window. Click the Network and Sharing center button in order to open it. Try to find the Change advanced sharing settings button at the left menu and click on it.
Change advanced sharing settings in Control Panel
  1. Expand the required All Networks section under the “Change sharing options for different network profiles” section.
  2. Check the File sharing connections section and set the radio button next to the Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56-bit encryption.
Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 60-bit encryption
  1. Click the Save changes button and make sure you grant administrator permissions. Check to see if the “You might not have permission to use this network resource” error message still appears!

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