You’ll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder

In case you receive Destination Folder Access Denied, You’ll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder error message on Windows 10/8/7 machine, here is a simple fix that will let you solve the error and delete the folder within moments. Whenever a new file or folder is created, Windows will assign a set of default permissions to it. These are called Effective Permissions. If a user does not have the requisite permissions, Windows OS will throw up that error. This method will also work if you receive You’ll need to provide administrator permission to rename this folder error message.

Destination Folder Access Denied

Youll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder

Let’s say that you have uninstalled a software using Control Panel. When you uninstall software using the Control Panel, the configuration files and Registry keys get stored in some locations. In most cases, the uninstaller can remove all the files and registry entries.  But at times, some folders remain, and you may get an error You’ll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder while trying to remove these folders. And then again, sometimes you may see this error message when deleting any other folder too.

In the error dialog box, you will Continue, Skip & Cancel buttons. If you click the “Continue” button, you will receive another message – You require permission from [username] to make changes to this folder. Ultimately, you will not be able to delete the folder in any way.

You’ll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder

To fix this issue, you have to gain the Permission to delete it. You will have to take ownership of the folder and here is what you need to do.

Right-click on the folder that you want to delete and go to Properties. After that, you will see a Security tab. Switch to that tab. Here you will find an Edit button. Click on it.

After that hit the Add button, you will get an empty box with a text called Enter the object names to select. Write down

Write Everyone in the empty box and then click on the Check Names button.

Now, select Everyone under Group or user names section and allow Full control in the corresponding box.

Finally, click on the Apply button.


  1. Ultimate Windows Tweaker will let you add the Take Ownership of Files and Folders entry easily to Windows 10/8.1/7 context menu.  Once you have done this, right-click on the folder and click on Take ownership. You will now be able to delete that folder.
  2. You can also remove File Access Denied or Access is Denied error messages easily using a freeware called Permissions Time Machine. DropPermission is another tool that lets you instantly overcome the You don’t have permission to error messages.
  3. If you receive this error message for Network Shared folders, you need to turn on Network Discovery. If that does not help, run the Shared Folders Troubleshooter via the Troubleshooters Page.
  4. If you are unable to change File or Folder Permissions, then this post will show you how to troubleshoot File and Folder Permission Issues in Windows.

Other similar errors you may receive on a Windows machine:

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Jacki Allen

    And what do you do when there is no admin account on your pc and when you click on the edit you get a message that says you need admin permission or need to sign in as admin? Somehow during an upgrade to a program the admin account disappeared and even microsoft had no idea how to get it back.

  2. Jacki Allen

    I did all of that when trying to solve it with the Microsoft tech support but only one user account shows up and that is me and I do not have admin access. I was told that I would have to reset to factory settings and thus lose everything that I now have on the pc and then rebuy or redownload all. It sucks big time that I need an admin account to even defrag the pc.

  3. Dhinar Stretfor'd Enders

    Thanks…. 🙂

  4. Roy

    Fixed it – Windows 10 updates itself and annoying and unnecessary as usual. All Desktop shortcuts rendered unusable after. This fixed it, although you will have to go through each shortcut individually and implement this change.

  5. Tahor Sui Juris

    Hello, thank you for an incredible utility. Any suggestions for Win 10 Registry Optimizing? Also, cannot find the selection to “will let you add the Take Ownership of Files and Folders entry easily to Windows 10/8.1/7 context menu.” Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

  6. Download and use You will find that setting under Context Menu > Desktop Context Menu 2 tab.

  7. Tahor Sui Juris

    Thank you, downloaded as I Googled it and found it. Shall search for the menu selection you shared. Thank you. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.5

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