Fix You Don’t Have Permission to Open This File in Windows 10
If you recently upgraded to Windows 10, you may have encountered the problem “You don’t have permission to open this file.” While accessing a file or folder, contact the file owner or an administrator to get permission.” This notice indicates that you are unable to access, remove, or rename files or folders.
So, what could be the cause of this error? It could be that a user or group was accidentally removed from the “Group or user names” list, that a specific “Deny” function was accidentally added to the group or the user, or that there is a mismatch between the NTFS and share permissions. The good news is that it is repairable. Let’s see how it goes.
Solution: Through File Explorer
Step 1: Press the Windows key + E together on your keyboard to open File Explorer. Now, click on This PC shortcut on the left side and select the C Drive (OS (C:)) on the right.
Step 2: Here we want to open the Recovery folder in the C drive, but, it denies access to the folder. For you, it can be any other folder.
Step 3: To change the permissions, right-click on the folder you want to open (for us, it’s the Recovery folder here), and select Properties from the context menu.
Step 4: In the Recovery Properties dialogue box, select the Security tab and then the Advanced button.
Step 5: Click the Change link next to Unable to display current owner in the Advanced Security Settings for Recovery box.
Step 6: In the Select User or Group dialogue box, select the Advanced option.
Step 7: In the following window, click the Find Now button. Look for your User Account in the Search Results field, select it, and click the OK button to save the changes.
Step 8: Next, press OK again to save the changes and proceed.
Step 9: You are now back to the Advanced Security Settings for Recovery. You can see the Owner name as your User Account name. Click Apply and OK.
That’s about it. You are done changing the Owner permissions and you can now open the file easily, without any error message.