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Resolving File and Folder Permission Issues in Windows 7

Description: This is a technical article on resolving file and folder permission issues in Windows 7. This would be primarily useful if you are getting the error message below:
Secured Folder Alert

Note: Whenever an option, such as Continue above, has a blue and yellow shield on it, Windows may ask for permission to proceed. For the purposes of this document, always choose Yes or Allow to proceed.

  1. Click on Continue to proceed. If the intended window opens, then access has been granted. If not, proceed to the next step.
  2. Click on the underlined Security Tab option.
    Secured Folder Alert
  3. On the new window, click on Continue.
    Secured Folder Properties
  4. On the new window, select the name of the active user account.
    Security Settings, Owner
  5. Check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects box in the bottom left.
    Security Settings, Replace Owner
  6. Click OK.
  7. A new window "Windows Security" may appear. Click Yes on that window.
    Windows Security Alert
  8. Click OK on the next window.
    Windows Security Alert
  9. Click OK to finish out of any open windows over top of the Explorer window viewing the folder, then attempt to open the folder and a file inside. If it works, access has been granted. If not, proceed to the next step.
  10. Right-click on the folder and choose Properties at the bottom of the menu.
    Windows Explorer, Folder Properties
  11. Select the Security tab, then click on Advanced.
    Secured Folder Properties
  12. Click on Change Permissions in the bottom left.
    Secured Folder Change Permissions
  13. Check both of the boxes in the bottom left, then click OK.
    Secured Folder Change Permissions
  14. Click Yes, then click OK on the remaining open windows.
    Windows Security Alert
  15. Access to the folder and file is now granted.
    Secured File Now Opens