Today we will show you one of the most irritating error of you need permission to perfom this action in windows7,8 or 10.Why do we get ‘You need permission to perform this action’ while tryping to delete,edit or move the folder something on your own computer has to be one of the most frustrating error messages in the Windows. It isn’t terminal, it isn’t even that serious but it gets to the heart of one of the most frustrating things with Windows Permissions.For example: The folder or file within the folder is being backed up or is being scanned by your AntiVirus program. If the permissions are changed, then you will still be presented with this error – even if you are the administrator. In this guide, i will walk you through a couple of methods to address this issue.Strange thing is that even if you are an Administrator, there are certain tasks or actions that Windows locks down.
How To Fix You Need Permission To Perform This Action In Windows 10/8.1/7
Method #1. By Using UAC (User Account Control)
There are few things that you can do, however, to help out with the “You do not have permission to perform this action” error though.If this is a particular file or folder that you are trying to delete, you can simply give yourself full control permissions on the file.But before you get into this, try another method that could be a little faster.Click Windows,Programs,Accessories,and right click on the CMD and choose Rus as Administrator
Now in the command terminal type the following command :
net user administrator /active:yes
Hit Enter and restart your computer.Now try to do the same task which gives you the same error “You do not have permission”.If this does not work, follow the steps below to change the permissions of the file.
To do this thing change the security permissions for a file,press right click on the file and go to properties.Then click on the Security tab.
Now click the Advanced button at the bottom and click the Owner tab.
Click the Edit button, click Other Users and Groups, type the name of your user account, and click Check Names.
Click OK, and on the Properties tab, make sure to check the \Replace ownership on sub-containers and objects\ box.. Click Allow next to Full Control and click OK. Now select your user account from the list in the Security tab and click Edit
Method #2. Restart Your System In Safe Mode
The best way to get rid of this error is to Restart windows in safe mode and deleting some folders from here.Windows 8/10 boots in different way than previous versions of Windows.
If you are able to delete the folder in Safe mode, it means that some processes have essentially been pushed to the folder and prevent Windows from deleting it. If you still can not remove it and get the permissions error, continue reading below
Method #3. Fix You Need Permission Error With Windows Unlocker
Unlocker is a free application that tells you which programs or process are currently holding locks on the folder.Make sure that when you install this program,you dont need to install any of the special offer software.By seeing this dont think this application may contain some malware or spyware,but it does ask you to install other programs,so simply skip it a couple of times.
After completing the installation process it will add an extra option to your right-click content menu.Create a folder called Test and right click and choose unlocker or you can right on the file which it gives the error ‘you need permission to perform this action windows 7/8/10 delete’.\
Now you will get a pop-up window indicating that there are currently no locks or you will see a list of processes / programs that have locks on the folder:
The running processes are listed below with the options either you can kill the process,unlock or unlock all
If you want to release all locks on the folder, simply click Unlock all.Unlock will allow you to select a particular item and unlock it. If none of the above mentioned methods worked, your last choice is below. It is a very effective tool and will usually solve your problem
Method #4. Use A Windows 10/8.1/7 Boot Disk
You can try a few other things if nothing works out.One is to try to remove the file before Windows starts up completely.In order to do this, you may use a program referred to as MoveOnBoot. It’s freeware and works in another way than a software called Unlocker.
It will let you know in the program that it is able to delete the file or not.You essentially install it, tell it which files or folders you want to delete, which you can not delete, and then let it restart the computer
Method #5. Create A .Bat File To Fix You Require Permission From Administrator To Make Changes
If Windows won’t recognize your permissions for the file, you can create a .bat file that will take full ownership of the folder, and run that as administrator.
- Right-click on your desktop, and create a new text file, named anything.bat.
- Open the file with a text editor, and add the following lines inside:
- Replace C:\Locked Directory with the name Path the Folder having permission issues.
SET DIRECTORY_NAME=”C:\Locked Directory”
TAKEOWN /f %DIRECTORY_NAME% /r /d y
ICACLS %DIRECTORY_NAME% /grant administrators:F /t
Just in case if the above mentioned method does not work, then I have a couple of other methods below that can definitely fix “You need permission to perform this action” error in Windows 7, 8 or 10.
Method #6. You Need Permission To Perform This Action: Registry Fix
Make sure that you are using your Windows computer as an administrator, the method might not work.. I have provided a direct link to the zip file below.In this method, you must download a zip file in which you will react well
Once you have downloaded the zip file from the link given above, extract it somewhere in your computer and you will find 2 .reg files.
Now double-click the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file and install the registry hack.
This will add an additional option inside inside right-click menu of your computer labled as “Take Ownership”
In future if you face this annoying “you need permission to perform this action” error, just rightclick the file or folder and click Take Ownership.
if you want to get rid of Take Ownership from rightclick menu, then double click RemoveTakeOwnership.reg file and this will remove the registry hack.
Fix “Cannot Delete Folder: You Need Permission To Perform This Action”
Some more Tips In order fix “you need permission from everyone to perform this action” error in Windows.
Download SysInternals Suite and use the following utilities
use Process Explorer and Process Monitor to find out whats happening with your file
or use the following stand alone utils
use AccessChk to get details not easily available via the GUI
use PSFILE to scan for any process that is holding the file open then try the MoveFile utility to schedule a file delete in the next boot cycle.
The answer you’re looking for will show up in the output of one of these utilities
I hope that you were able to fix this annoying “You need permission to perform this action” error in windows 10, 8 or 7. If this article was helpful for you then please share it with others and also follow us on social networks.If you have any thing to say with this article feel free to drop your comment.