SOLVED! You Do Not Have Permission To Access. Contact Your Network Administrator To Request Access

It’s annoying when you must do something in a hurry and your computer keeps showing you the error about “permission to access” and “network administrator”. The “You do not have permission to access. Contact your network administrator to request access” error prevents you from accessing items on your Windows computer? In that case, this article is exactly what you need at the moment. Down below is everything you should know about the error, causes as well as solutions. 


  • You do not have permission to access the selected files and folders.
  • It is possible that you are trying to access corrupted files/folders 
  • Third-party applications could mess up the opening of files and folders on occasions 
  • There could be problems with the New Technology File System (NTFS) permissions/
  • If your network is configured for sharing with other computers, network-related issues would lead to issues as you open files/folders.

A List Of Solutions

To put it plainly, different problems in Windows often require different fixes. In the case of the “You do not have permission to access. Contact your network administrator to request access” error, try out these solutions.

Apply Changes To Permission 

  • Step 1: Right-click the file or folder you want to enter then hit Properties.
  • Step 2: Go to the Security tab, click Advanced and choose Change permissions. Enter your login password if prompted.
  • Step 3: Type your username and click Enter
  • Step 4: Select Ok
  • Step 5: Open the file/folder then see how things turn out

Note: If you want to give access to everyone who uses the system, here’s how to set the permissions:

  • Step 1: Right-click on the folder – Properties – Security
  • Step 2: Select the Edit button in the tab – Add
  • Step 3: In the section for entering the object name to select – Type Everyone and Click OK
  • Step 4: Now click on Everyone and tick the box that reads Full control – Clicks OK
  • Step 5: Click the OK button at the bottom 

Reset NTFS Permissions

You can try resetting the custom NTFS permissions applied to a file or folder. Here’s how to reset:

  • Step 1: Go to the Search bat, type cmd, right-click the top entry and pick Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: If you are changing settings for a file, use the command: icacls “path to your file” /reset. For a folder run, use the command: icacls “path to the folder” /reset /t /c /l. Remember that you must enter the path to the file or folder precisely and completely. 
  • Step 3: Restart your computer once and see if the item is accessible now.

Tweak Network And Sharing Settings 

For network-related issues, you have to try a different method of changing permissions.

  • Step 1: Go to the Control Panel choose Network and Internet and hit Network and Sharing
  • Step 2: Click Change advanced sharing settings
  • Step 3: Tick Turn on network discovery, Turn on file and printer sharing, Allow windows to manage homegroup connection, Turn on sharing with anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders and Turn off password protected sharing
  • Step 4: Hit Save changes.

What If I Am Unable To Get Permission For The Folder?

Still have a hard time accessing the folder despite changing the permissions? Then your best bet is to recover your data from the folder. A wide range of recovery tools could help you recover data from folders that you cannot open for some reason.

How To Remove The Password Of A Protected File Or Folder?

To remove a set password for a protected file, open it. Go to File – Info – Protect Document – Encrypt with Password. Clear out the password in the box and click OK.

What Does ‘You Don’t Have Permission To Access This Server’ Mean?

This error message often comes on a web browser if the VPN and proxy settings are different. When the server detects something odd in your cookies or network, it blocks you from viewing the browser.


  • Perform a virus scan of your files regularly. Files corrupted due to malware are likely to run into errors when you open them.
  • Every time you create a new file/folder, check the default permission settings. Reset the permissions if you want to share them with other guests. 

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