When you try to open a folder in Microsoft Windows XP,
you may receive the following error message, where
is the name of the folder that you cannot
Folder is not
accessible. Access is denied.
If you are currently using Windows 7 Or Windows Vista, See the following article on the Microsoft website:For Windows 7How do I open a file if I get an access denied message?
For Windows VistaTroubleshoot "access denied" when opening files or folders
This issue may occur if the folder that you cannot open was
created on an NTFS file system volume by using a previous installation of
Windows, and then installing Windows XP. This issue may occur
although you enter the correct user name and password. This issue occurs
because the security ID for the user has changed. Although you use the same
user name and password, your security ID no longer matches the security ID of
the owner of the folder that you cannot open.
For example, although
you use the same user name and password, you may no longer have permission to
open the folder after you complete the following steps:
- Before you install Windows XP Professional, you change the
actual location, or target location, of the My Documents folder to another
- You format the primary partition.
- You install Windows XP Professional.
To resolve this issue, you must turn off Simple File
Sharing, and then take ownership of the folder:
- Turn off Simple File Sharing:
- Click Start, and then click
- On the Tools menu, click
Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
- Under Advanced Settings, click to
clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box, and
then click OK.
- Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of,
and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab, and then click
OK on the Security message, if one
- Click Advanced, and then click the
- In the Name list, click your user name,
Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click
the Administrators group.
If you want to take
ownership of the contents of that folder, click to select the Replace
owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
- Click OK.
You may receive the
following error message, where Folder is the name of
the folder that you want to take ownership of:
not have permission to read the contents of directory
Folder. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with
permissions granting you Full Control? All permissions will be replaced if you
- Click Yes.
- Click OK, and then reapply the permissions
and security settings that you want for the folder and the folder
For more information about file and folder
permissions, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Interaction of file and folder security on NTFS volumes
Article ID: 810881 - Last Review: July 3, 2012 - Revision: 6.0
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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