Destination Folder Access Denied: You need permission to perform this action is an issue which has been bugging a lot of Windows users, especially Windows 10 since it’s inception. The issue is irksome and costs users an ample amount of time deliberating and scratching their heads in agony and frustration to find a nut to fit into the hole in the architecture of their version of windows.
So today in this blog we will be erasing the existence of the issue Destination Folder access Denied: You need permission to perform this action. By the end of the blog, you will be perfectly capable of eradicating this problem and even help others, maybe your friends or family who are also facing the same issue.
But before we direct our attention towards the solutions of this particular issue, first let us discuss in brief regarding the causes that are responsible for making this error pop inside your systems.
Why Destination Folder Access Denied Error Occur?
This error mainly occurs due to the Ownership status of the user with the Windows. The unavailability or a void in the ownership does not let the users copy, paste or modify a folder to a different location and thus the error pops up when the user tries to do the same.
The reason behind the ownership problem is that the Windows ownership might be present by some other name. The Windows has by default a TrustedInstaller service which keeps in check the ownership issues and hence when an unauthorized user tries to do any modification the service stops him from doing anything and disables that particular functionality.
Even if you are signed in as an administrator and the ownership is not the same as has been registered then also the problem will persist and the Destination Folder Access Denied error will loom around with its sharp tentacles to torment you ever and after.
How to Fix the Destination Folder Access Denied error?
We’ve bundled & explained some of the working methods to fix this error. Go through them to resolve this error quickly.
Method 1: Transferring Ownership Using Command Prompt Approach
1. At First, press Windows Key+X together.
2. Then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list of options displayed.
3. Now, let’s assume that you want to take the ownership of a folder Software located inside D drive. The full address of the drive is D:\Software.
4. Then type the following inside the command prompt:
takeown /f “D:\Software”
5. If the above command is not working then try this one (Including double quotes):
icacls “full path of file” /grant (username):F
Example: icacls “D:\Software” /grant Garvit:F
6. Finally, a message named as Successfully process 1 files; Failed processing 0 files will be displayed.
Hence by following above steps, you are transferring the ownership of the faltering folder to your own. By doing so, the Destination Folder Access Denied: You Need Permission to perform this action Windows 10 issue would be resolved and you will be free from the problem. If it didn’t work out for you, No problem! You can try the next method to fix the issue.
Method 2: Ownership Registry File installing approach
1. First of all, download the following registry file using this link.
2. The first file InstallTakeOwnership.reg is used to take the ownership of a particular file or folder and the second file RemoveTakeOwnership.reg is mainly used to uninstall the InstallTakeOwneship registry software.
3. Afterwards, downloading the above two files click on the InstallTakeOwnership and install it.
4. After it has completely installed, then go to the file or folder whose ownership you would like to transfer. Right-click on it and you will notice a new option named as “Take Ownership.” Click on it.
5. Afterwards, by doing this your ownership will be transferred to the respective file or folder and the issue will be resolved.
6. After following the above steps & installing the RemoveTakeOwnership registry file which you downloaded previously, you can restore the registry settings back to the original.
Thus, by going through the above steps, the Destination Folder Access Denied issue will be gone into the air like thin smoke.
Method 3: Manual Ownership Transfer Approach
If the above methods didn’t work for you, then you can adopt the following foolproof way which is sure to resolve the issue mentioned above and finally rid you of the menacing problem which has been tormenting you from a long time.
1. At First, navigate to the File/folder you want to change the ownership such as D:\Software and right click on it.
2. Then click on Properties from the list of options displayed.
3. Afterwards, the properties window will be opened. From the list of tabs in the properties window, click on Security.
4. Then click on Advanced that is being displayed in the lower corner of the Security tab.
5. The Advanced security settings for Software will be opened. Afterwards, click on the Change option which is beside the owner detail in the window.
6. The Select User or Group window will appear.
7. Select the respective user account with which you want to associate the ownership either by typing your account name under Enter the object name to select and then clicking on Check Names or by clicking on the Advanced Tab and then filling the Name and Description in a more detailed manner and then clicking on Find now.
8. Then type the username of the account in Enter the object name to select which you want to give access to.
9. You can also check the option Replace owner on subcontainers and objects in the Advanced Security Settings window. By doing so, you will also grant ownership access to all the subfolders and the file that particular folder contains. Click on OK to change the ownership.
10. Now, you”ll have to provide full access to the file or folder for your account. To do so, simply, right-click on the file or folder & choose Properties.
11. Then click on the Advanced button under the Security Tab.
13. After doing that click on Add button. The Permission Entry window will open.
14. Afterwards, click on Select a principal and select your account.
15. Set permissions to Full control and then click on OK.
16. Optionally, you can click on Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object. This will permit all the sub-folders and the files of that particular folder.
Voila! You have entirely and manually changed the ownership of the folder permanently and have successfully resolved the issue of Destination folder Access Denied: You need permission to perform this action in Windows 7.
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These were some of the basic and most followed fixes which a user can adapt to solve the tedious and irksome issue. 80 % of the users have reported that their problem was resolved within the ballpark of these fixes as being collected from feedback in various discussion portals. Hope you also find the repairs worthful. Until then stay updated and stay ahead.