Error Applying Security- Access is Denied

Windows server administration is not without those DOH! moments. How is it that I, the administrator cannot change the permissions on a folder?

Access Denied Message

I will not be denied

The easiest way to fix this is to take ownership of the folder using the TAKEOWN command. Takeown is a tool that will allow an administrator to recover access to a file or folder that was denied by reassigning ownership. Open the command prompt and run as administrator.

takeown /f F:\FolderName /r /d y

/f  Specify the file name or directory

/r Recurse through all directories and sub directories

/d  Prompt with an answer of Yes

Now you can change the permissions as needed.

Windows Security Prompt

That’s more like it

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One thought on “Error Applying Security- Access is Denied

  1. This method does not work–at least in respect of USB flash drives. I’ve ensured that “cmd.exe” is run as Administrator. The console output reads:

    INFO: Access is denied. ( “***File Spec***” )

    I have tried taking ownership from the “Properties” tab as well with the same annoyingly fruitless result.

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