You Require Permission from Administrators to Make Changes to this Folder – How To Fix

Imagine this scenario. You have a file from work or a friend that has been sent to you, and you are tasked to make changes to it. So, what would you normally do? You would go ahead, download the file to your system and begin working on it right away. But, what do you do when your PC tells you that you cannot make changes to the file or folder because you don’t have permission from the system administrator? Today we will be taking a look at fixes for ‘You Require Permission from Administrators to Make Changes to this Folder.’

Now, when your PC throws up such a message it can be annoying. It’s understandable if the system administrator of the computer is some other person. But when you are the system administrator, and it says that you require permission from administrators to make changes to this folder, this can be annoying. Why does Windows do such a thing? Well, nobody knows the exact reason. However, there are a few ways that you can follow to fix this issue. Let’s take a look at the fixes.

Fix You Need Permission From Administrators To Make Changes To This Folder

There are many reasons why this message pops up on your PC. And it gets even worse when you plan to do something with a particular file or folder. Here is when you might see this popup message on your PC

  • Copying a File/Folder
  • Moving a File/Folder
  • Renaming a File/Folder
  • Deleting a File/ Folder
  • Opening a File/Folder

Now, whatever you plan to do with the file or folder, the message will pop up. There are a number of fixes that you can use to solve this issue. Check out all the methods first, and then follow the method suitable for you. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Boot into Safe Mode

The best way to avoid and skip such messages, especially if you plan to move, rename or delete a file or folder is by booting into Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a mode where your PC will boot up with the basic drivers and programs. The majority of your programs will not be shown in this mode. But, when you want to simply delete, copy, rename or move a file or folder, it is all that you need. Here is how you can restart your PC to boot into Safe Mode

  1. Open the Settings app on your Windows PC.
  2. Now click on the Windows Update option in the Settings menu.
  3. With the Windows Update screen open, click on Advanced Options.
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  4. Select the Recovery option. This is where you will be able to choose different options like performing a reset, changing startup settings, and also startup modes.
  5. You will get a popup dialogue that asks if you want to restart your PC, Select Restart Now. In Windows 11, you can click on Restart Now next to Advanced startup.
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  6. Your PC will now reboot, and you will be greeted with a Blue screen and a set of options on the screen.
  7. Now, choose Troubleshoot followed by Advanced Options, and finally Startup Settings.
  8. You will now see the Restart option. Click on it.
  9. Your system will now restart and display a blue screen with a list of startup options.
  10. Simply press the number that corresponds to Safe Mode. Your system will now reboot and start in safe mode.
  11. Once that has been done, you can now easily make whatever changes you want to the particular file or folder without having to see the popup message again.

Method 2: Change File or Folder Permissions

It is frustrating when you are the owner of the file as well as the administrator and still cannot make changes to a particular file or folder. To overcome this, the next best thing you can do is to change the permissions of the said file or folder. Follow these steps.

  1. Select the file or folder that seems to be having the issue.
  2. Now, right-click on it and select Properties from the Context Menu.
  3. With the Properties window open, click on the Security tab.
  4. Now choose Advanced so that you can change the permissions of the folder. A new window will show up.
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  5. Here you will have to select the text Change that is blue.
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  6. A Select User or Group window will now open up.
  7. Here in the text box at the bottom, you will need to enter your account username. Finally, click on the OK button.
  8. Make sure to checkmark the Replace owner on sub containers and objects.
  9. After clicking OK, now try to delete, move, copy or rename the folder.
  10. Your preferred choice of action should work right away without the message popping up.

Method 3: Use Command Prompt

If by manually deleting a folder, you still get the message, there is one way to get the file deleted. You can do this by using the Command Prompt feature. Here is how you can delete the folder or file using Command Prompt.

  1. Open the Command Prompt by pressing the Windows and R key to bring up the Run dialogue. Type in CMD and hit the enter key.
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  2. With the Command Prompt up and running, you need to now type in the following.
    • takeown /F “(file or folder path name)” /R /D y
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  3. Now, you need to enter the command to get permissions to the folder.
    • icals “(Folder or file pathname)” /grant Administrators:F /T
  4. With that command entered, you simply need to use the next command to ease the file or folder from your system.
    • rd “folder path” /S /Q
  5. The problematic file or folder will now be deleted.

Method 4: Use a Third-Party Program

There are many third-party programs that help to forcefully rename, delete, copy or move a particular folder or file. We will be using this third-party freemium tool called Unlocker. You will be able to get it to download easily by simply searching for it on Google.

  1. Once you have downloaded the program, install it on your PC.
  2. With the installation complete, go to the file or folder that you were having issues with making changes to.
  3. Now, right-click on the file or folder.
  4. The context menu will appear.
  5. Select Unlocker from the Context menu.
  6. You will now be able to kill any process or unlock a particular file or folder.
  7. Accordingly, you can choose between deleting, moving, or renaming the file or folder.


And these are different methods you can follow to solve the permissions required from the Administrator to make changes to this file or folder. The process is simple and should take about 2 to 5 minutes to get everything done. With these troubleshooting solutions in hand, you will no longer have to worry about how to bypass such an issue on your Windows PC.

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3 thoughts on “You Require Permission from Administrators to Make Changes to this Folder – How To Fix”

  1. instead of takedown /F “(file or folder path name)” /R /D y

    you mean, takeown /F “(file or folder path name)” /R /D y

  2. As with the other mistakes in the Command Prompts section, “icals” should be “icalcs” which stands for Integrity Control Access Control List. Really, you need an editor or proofreader if you’re going to be putting in Command Prompt help guides – accuracy greatly matters here.


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