Windows help for “Access is Denied” Error while opening a folder

Have you ever received an error message while trying to open a folder on your Windows XP computer saying;

“*Folder is not accessible. Access is denied”?

(Note that “*Folder” is replaced by the name of the folder on your computer)

For if you have, know that you are in the right place for Windows help.

Windows help explains the error and its solution

Windows help points out that the error may occur if the folder in question was created on an NTFS file system volume. This can be by using a previous installation of Windows when later upgraded with Windows XP.

And issues as such tend to persist even when you enter the correct username and password for the prompt.

Now for a more thorough insight into the “Access is denied” error, Windows help explains that the security ID for you as user may have been changed. For although you still have the same username and password, your security ID no longer matches the one for the folder.

So Windows help suggests that you turn off the file sharing option on the folder to resolve the issue.

Windows help shows you how.

Resolving “Access is denied” error with Windows help

To begin with the Windows help procedure to turn off the file sharing attribute on the folder in question, you first need to hit on “Start” and  then “My Computer” so as to get on its “Tools” menu then “Folder Options”.

Follow this up by selecting the “View” tab and from under “Advanced Settings”, click to clear the “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)” check box.

Now get back to the folder you need to access and bring up “Properties”.

For Windows help then suggests you hit on the “Security” tab (select “Ok” for any security messages that appear) and head for “Advanced” and then onto the “Owner” tab.

Finally, click on your username from the “Name” list (depending on how you are logged in “Administrator” or “Administrators Group”) then “Ok”, “Yes” to the options and again “Ok” to exit.

This will complete the Windows help process and also reapply the permissions and security settings that you wanted for the folder and its contents.

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