Windows users may face a problem with permissions. To save, transfer or remove a file or folder, you may be presented with a dialogue box asking for the appropriate permissions. We’ll look at how permissions can get in the way of gaining access to an object’s properties today.
This issue is frequently found in the advanced Security attributes of an object’s Permissions section. It’s possible that you’ll see the following error: If you’re an administrator, you can’t access this object’s security properties. In some instances, you may come across the following: To access this object’s properties, you must have Read access.
This permission problem could be caused by a number of different things. Fortunately, resolving this issue is a simple process. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Fix 1: Perform A System Scan Completely
It’s well known that viruses and malware can alter files and folders. As a result, you may be unable to access or modify the permissions for this object. Virus and malware can be removed from your computer by running a comprehensive system scan.
Windows has a built-in security feature that you can use. Here are the detailed instructions to follow..
- Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.
- Go to Update & Security > Windows Security in Control Panel.
- Click Virus & Threat Protection in the Protection area on the right side of the window.
- Click Run a new advanced scan in the pop-up box that appears.
- Click Scan now when you see the following screen, then select Full scan.
Fix 2: Perform a System Cleanup and Restart Your Computer
Some customers who experienced the same issue say that after doing a clean boot computer, they were able to view and update the object’s properties without issue.
Even if this method does not help you fully resolve the problem, it does allow you to view and alter properties that you should not be doing every day. This means that you can give it a go yourself. If you’re not sure how to accomplish it, take a look at this post.
Fix 3: Take Responsibility for the Object
You might try acquiring direct ownership of a file or folder to gain access to their properties. In Command Prompt, you may accomplish this.
- To open the Run window, press Windows + R.
- To run the Command Prompt as administrator, type cmd and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
- Take ownership of the file by typing the command lines takeown /F Path (Path should be replaced with the actual path of the problematic file) and pressing Enter.
- You can provide full control of the file to administrators by typing the command lines icacls Path : grant administrators:F and pressing Enter.
Fix 4: Run the Computer in Safe Mode and Delete All Users
Another possible explanation for not being able to access an object’s properties is that the user account that owns the object has been deactivated. Boot into Safe Mode and remove any inactive users to resolve this issue.
To get rid of inactive users, enter Safe Mode and then follow these procedures.
- Right-click the file or folder in question and select Properties from the menu that appears.
- In the Security tab, choose the Advanced button to access additional settings.
- On the Permissions tab of the new window, click the Add button.
- Select a principal in the next interface by clicking Select a principal.
- Optional Step 5: Click Check Names after typing in the user account name. Then, just click OK.
- You will be redirected to the previous window at this point. This folder, its subfolders, and all of its files should be allowed access. OK to add any other permissions you’d like to provide to your users.
- Returning to the Step 3 interface now. You can remove an old or inactive account by clicking the Remove option and then confirming the removal operation.
If the error warning “you do not have permission to view or update this object’s permission settings” is gone, you can restart your computer normally.