How to Fix "You Require Permission From Administrators to Make Changes to This Folder" error on Windows Server 2019, 2022

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It’s common for Windows to show an error when you’re performing simple tasks. When deleting files, it will display ‘You require permission from the system to make changes to this folder.’

This error means you’re not the authorized user to make any changes to the chosen file/folder. Usually, the cause behind it may be that the folder owner is another user or in case the above error is caused by a virus, you lose your Admin rights or at least temporarily.

In this article, we will look at how to troubleshoot and fix this common.

Solution 1. Using Command Prompt

You can pretty easily force delete a folder by running the rd /s /q command on the Command prompt. The /s and /q parameters will forcefully delete the intended folder and all of its subfolders without a confirmation prompt.

1. Press Windows + R hotkey to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type cmd and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open.

3. Now, enter the command rd /s /q “folder location”. For example, rd /s /q “C:\VPS01″ will delete the VPS01 folder.

Solution 2. Using PowerShell

You can also force delete a folder from the PowerShell command-line interface. It is pretty similar to using Command Prompt, and you’ll be using the remove-item cmdlet with the -recurse and -force parameters.

The -recurse parameter deletes a folder without prompt confirmation, and the -force parameter will forcefully delete the folder.

1. Open Run Utility by pressing Windows + R shortcut key.

2. Type powershell and Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open PowerShell with admin access.

3. Enter the command remove-item -recurse -force “folder location”

Solution 3. Re-grant folder permissions

In case the above error is caused by a virus, you lose your Administrator rights or at least temporarily. You can re-grant the folder permissions. Make sure you are logged in with the Administrator account

1. Right-click on the folder and select Properties.

2. Select the Security tab and click on Advanced.

3. Next to Owner, click on Change














4. In the text field, enter your currently logged-in account username and click on Check Names.

5. If the username entered was valid, it will automatically change to your device name and user name.

6. Click OK and OK again.

7. Click on Edit and select Users(DeviceName\Users).

8. Next to Full control, make sure Allow is selected.

Click OK and OK again.

9. Now, you can delete the folder normally.


In our case after performing the above steps, we did not see the error again.

Hopefully, this article will be useful for you. Good luck!