31st Jul 2015 04:26am
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Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

To transfer images to my laptop from any device/laptop that's connected in my house to the WiFi (or if I'm out and about elsewhere and know my external IP) without having to install drivers for Android, Windows Phone, Apple, etc. I made a bog standard upload form running on my localhost web server so that whenever I'm on something else or out, I can just upload images straight away. Now after upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, this still works fine... but with one slight problem.

I can't open the images.

The thumbnails don't process show...

Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

... and when I open the image in Windows Photo Viewer I get given the following message:

Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because you don't have the correct permissions to access the file location.

Ok, so the error message is self-explainatory. I don't have permission to view the images I've just sent to my laptop - even though all the previous images I could. So I tried to change the permissions by right-clicking the folder, going into Properties, then into the Security tab, however most options were set to Full Control, but if I try to edit them, I just kept getting this error message:

Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

Error Applying Security

An error occurred while applying security information to:


Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied.

You should also get a very similar error when you try to save or create a new file directly on your main drive (C: in my case).

So what Windows 10 is saying is that I don't have permission to create/edit my files even though in my account settings I am an "Administrator".

Well. I say an Administrator. Actually as an Administrator in Windows 10, you're not.

Administrator accounts are still heavily limited with what you can do - even with your UAC settings on the lowest possible. Really stupid isn't it?

So how do you fix this?

Simple. Actually very simple!

1) Open the RUN box (WINDOWS KEY + R) and type in "secpol.msc". (This has to be done through the RUN box, as it loads it with Administrative privileges)

Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

2) The "Local Security Policy" window will now open. On the left-hand side navigate through to: Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options. Once there, scroll down the right-hand list until you find an entry titled "User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode". Double click it (or right-click and choose "Properties") and change the setting from "Enabled" to "Disabled". Then click APPLY, then OK.

Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

3) You should receive a notification saying "You must restart your computer to off User Account Control". So do as it says and reboot your computer.

Windows 10: Fix ALL Permission Errors

Hey presto! You're done. You should now be able to add/edit files ANYWHERE on your computer with no stupid permission-based errors - so basically, you're FREEEEEEEEEE! Do bare in mind though, that with UAC turned off, some potential bad programs can run without having to require your permission (but if you've got your security stuff up to date, you should be fine). Happy days! :)


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31st Jul 2015 21:33

Hi, this secpol.msc thing doesn't work for me.

This issue is driving me nuts!

Any other ways round this?
By Daniel

2nd Aug 2015 00:05

Hello Daniel,

You can do this through the Registry. Open the Registry Editor (WINDOWS KEY + R, then type: regedit)

Once it's open, navigate through the folders to here:


Find the entry titled "Enable LUA" and double-click it. In the "value data" box, just put a zero (0) in there, click OK. Close the registry and reboot your computer. :)
By Dale Hay

7th Aug 2015 23:17

Hi Daniel, I took the decision to install this Windows 10 thing in my Toshiba with Windows 7, many issues. Wi-Fi is gone and other things. This permission thing is happening to me. This sepcol advice doesn't work and couldn't find this enable lua. Is there some other option?
Tks in advance,

By Juan Diego

13th Dec 2015 09:59

Microsoft garbage all the way:
The secpol doesn't' work for me. I get We cannot find secpol.msc" From one error to another
By Tom Stanley

11th Mar 2016 15:39

theres a easier way, example on a removable just go do the drive right click go properties security, advance and up to left theres users under that theres change, type in Everyone in the box ,click ok , before u click apply now under change theres replace over on subcontainers and objects click that, then at bottom left click replace all child objects, now that will force everything to be accessable even recycling bin
By dano

10th May 2016 20:00

Worked perfectly! You = techno-hero.
By Smarty

11th Aug 2016 20:32

Worked perfectly for me too!! Thank you!!!
By Aquaman

11th Aug 2016 20:34

(The directions by dano are what worked perectly)
By Aquaman

7th Sep 2016 12:56

Thank you Dano, I fixed a folder that had the permission problem. This folder was full of retrieved stuff that I got after using my back up disk to get stuff out from there. So I followed your directions (I'll make them more clear)--> I went to the folder, right click and go to -->properties- security - advance. Up to the left there is "Name: C:Users....", under that there is "Owner: ......" Change (in blue color). Click on Change. Under "Enter the object name to select....." Type--> Everyone in the box, click ok; before you click "Apply" now under Changer there is "Replace over on subcontainers...." click that, then at bottom left click "Replace all child objects...." That is all. Thank you Dano.
By Leo V

23rd Sep 2016 20:27

I changed the registry as suggested, and it fixed one problem that I was having with doing backups. But it created another problem: When I double-click a .jpg file, I get an error message saying: "Photos can't be opened using the Built-In Administrator account. Sign in with a different account and try again." Any suggestions???
By Art Lieberman

2nd Oct 2016 00:35

I love this blog! It absolutely worked for me!
By Amy

4th Oct 2016 16:03

This is so frustrating for me.

I have tried everything. Tried the secpol.msc didn't work, says the file is not found. tried the long way HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System didn't work, it now says
photos cannot be opened in built-in administrator. please log in using a different user name.

When I use the right click on file it brings gives me properties but no security tab.

any thoughts as to what else I can try?

By Mandy

5th Oct 2016 03:26

You saved me, thank you! I was ready to throw this laptop out the window after 2 hours of trying to change my permissions. The Registry hack worked, thank you so much!
By Kemya

7th Nov 2016 17:01

After my run box couldn't find "secpol.msc", I tried to edit the permission through the Registry. I then received the error: "Photos cannot be opened in built-in administrator. please log in using a different user name."
Then I tried the trick provided by Dano to change ownership of the folder and it worked perfectly!
By Amanda

26th Nov 2016 20:28

Thank you so much! This worked great!

IMPORTANT NOTE: secpol.msc only exists in Windows 10 Pro, NOT Home. It was worth an upgrade to Pro just for this. I'm not sure if the registry key fix above in the comments works with Home, and I can't test it now because I have Pro, but it's worth a look. Thanks again!
By Joe Kelly

21st Dec 2016 11:12

Thank's.. i want to try in my notebook..
By Pance Ambanaga

15th Jan 2017 07:41

Thanks so much for this! Your post was my exact problem and so I was pretty confident that your solution would work perfectly and it did! The only problem was that trying to bring up secpol.msc through the run window didn't work. I get the "Windows cannot find..." error. But once I did a little research and found out that secpol was just a sub-directory of gpedit.msc, I was golden! I just went here to download the gpedit installer: https://www.itechtics.com/enable-gpedit-windows-10-home/

Then I opened the run box, typed in gpedit.msc, and made my way to the secpol part of your instructions (Computer Configuration->Windows Settings->Security Settings->Local Policies->Security Options) and it worked perfectly!

17th Jan 2017 16:50

hi, this did not work for me, i had no problem finding secpol and followed your instructions but it still will not let me change ownership of system32 folder( i also tried the regedit option but to no avail) this is infuriating as i need to install some dll files! any ideas?
By herby 57

30th Jan 2017 03:04

i did this and it was ok but 4 days lather settings are back to enaable ?
By aleksandar

18th Feb 2017 01:17

Tried everything here and still can not delete a single thing in C:ProgramData // unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!
By jeff

20th Feb 2017 15:30

No sir, no fix at all.
By ieprofil

18th Mar 2017 12:37

Your registry fix solved a problem that was infuriating me (none of the other advice I read worked). Thank you!!
By Andrew Pearce

30th Mar 2017 00:13

This solved a problem i was having with Plex Media Server, which was not loading at windows start as it was supposed to. Now it works!
By MovieBuffoon

7th Apr 2017 13:14

Thank you for this! It worked perfectly. Nothing else I had found online was remotely close in providing a solution. I'm certainly not going to "take ownership" of every file and folder in my system. Thanks again!
By Ken

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