Repair the error “access denied on files and folders” in windows vista or xp

I have been getting some problems in windows vista these days by some users who are unable to open a file or folder in windows vista.

As whenever they want to open a file they get a error message prompt saying… “Access Denied”

Why this type of Problem Occur ?

This type of problem generally occur when a particular user rights in the NTFS partition are altered by some one or some program.

How To Open Files and Folders which are Access Denied:

Follow the step by step procedure given below….

For Example:

If you are getting Access Denied errors when trying to open folders like Documents and Settings, Application Data, Local settings:

  1. Right click on the Folder
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click on the Security tab
  4. Click on the Advanced button
  5. Click on the Owner tab
  6. Click on the Edit button
  7. In the Change owner to box, highlight your account
  8. Check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
  9. Click on Apply
  10. Click on Yes to replace all permissions
  11. Continue to click on OK until you

This general step by step procedure is applied to all the files and folders which are access denied on a NTFS partition

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  1. Dogarawa says

    In my own case, I had problem with my laptop, which requires reinstalling and changing the window. Due to the password I was using before the reinstallation, my documents refuse to open except through windows vista. I am still using XP not Vista. I dont know how to open my files. I always receive message that I cannt access it, user has no access privileges.

    Kindly advice me

  2. Alex says

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  3. allan says

    Your instructions were easy to follow and fixed my “access denied” problem. thank you very much.

  4. Paul says

    I am running windows vista, and I am the admin of the system. I am trying to install the help files for Nero 9, that I downloaded from their site. The help package is a 5MB exe file, that just will not install. I keep getting access denied when trying to unpack and install the help files into the Nero 9 directories. I have changed ownership of the Nero folder and subfolders from system to me (admin), and still does not work.

    Sample errors:
    copy NeroWaveEditor_Eng.chm to C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 9\Nero WaveEditor\
    Access is denied.
    0 file(s) copied.
    copy NeroVision_Eng.chm to C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 9\Nero Vision\
    Access is denied.
    0 file(s) copied.
    copy NeroStartSmart_Eng.chm to C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 9\Nero StartSmart\
    Access is denied.
    0 file(s) copied.
    copy NeroSoundTrax_Eng.chm to C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 9\Nero SoundTrax\
    Access is denied.
    0 file(s) copied.

  5. Fix Windows XP Errors says

    This might be a stupid question but can anyone advice how to fix error code 39 on windows xp ?

  6. venu says


    can you please help

    whenever i right on any folder or file , i get a error message” Registry access denied ” i am using windows xp sp 2 , i have administrator rights.

  7. Mike Schneider says

    I can’t do this because my old drive has been backed up into an image file (using Acronis TrueImage).

    — I can’t change the permissions of the old Documents & Settings user folder because it’s in an image archive, and I can’t copy the folder entirely due to lack of permissions.


  8. azeem says

    alex can u please help me in accessing my word document that i can not i get a message like denied access privileges.i am really very contains very important data of my project.if it could’nt be opend i will fall in a huge please reply me at my e-mail address
    i will be highly thankful to you

  9. Muthu says

    Thank you so much. Now im able to open my folders which were messing with me over a long time:)

  10. Qasem says

    i need urgent help .i have problemwith my computer .i cannt access my folders . they include very important information. i did all the commands in the security. in fact speclialized IT engineer spent 6 hours trying to fidn teh problem. what could be teh problem.
    shall we re install the windows 7. or what should i do .please
    i always get access denied . you dont have permission. this happned to only one folder with all subfolders. even the name of teh folder changed into green

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