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Fix ‘You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder/file’ error Windows 8, Windows 7

You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder/file” error in Windows 8 and Windows 7 is getting very common. This is because of the increased security and privacy features of the Windows operating system. This error comes to those users who upgrade their operating system from a previous iteration to the latest.

You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file/folder error in Windows 8 and Windows 7 can come in different forms. Sometimes, it won’t allow you to copy any file from USB or external hard drive. Sometimes, you could not rename the file because of this error. Need to provide administrator permission to do any action error in Windows can be solved by a variety of methods.

You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder/file Fix

 Checking and Adding Permissions against your User Name

You must first check the permissions of your file and drives to avoid the permission error. To do so, follow these steps.

Right Click on the drive to which or from which you want to copy and paste stuff.

Go to properties.

Go to the Security Tab.

Check if you user name of the computer/OS comes in the “Group or user names”

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If you see the name, click on “Permissions for users”

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You can give full control and privileges to your name here.

If you do not see your name in Group or user names you can add your name easily.

Click on Edit.

Click ‘Add’

Add your User Name and Click OK.

 Disabling Antivirus and File Shields

‘You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder/file or perform any action’ error in Windows 8 and Windows 7 can also be caused by the restrictions put by antivirus software. Famous antivirus software like Avast or AVG put shields on the file systems. Whenever any read or write operation is to be performed in this file system the access is denied.

You can disable the antivirus temporarily or turn off the file shields. After copying the files, you can enable the antivirus again. The exact procedure to turn off the antivirus software depends, but mostly, it’s pretty easy and straight forward.

 Using Unlocker

You can also use the free Unlocker software. This software overrides all the file and folder restrictions and helps you take ownership of the files and folders in Windows. In this way, you can surpass You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder/file or perform any action error in Windows 8 and Windows 7. You can copy, paste, delete and rename files.

Install the software, run it and it will be active in your PC. You can then select any operation you want to do by right clicking the file or folder and using the operation via the Unlocker software.

you will need to provide admin permission to copy file error

You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy to this folder error can be solved by using any of the above trick. If you don’t get success with any of it, let me know in the comments section and I will figure it out for you.

About Fahad Saleem

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  • sara

    Hi – Which unlocker software do you recommend? I changed the access permissions on the folders that I can’t delete, but it didn’t help.

    There is a huge folder that was created by dropbox on my computer that I am not allowed to delete because I would need administrator permission.

  • 1stsherlock

    disable inheritance