How to Fix “Access Denied” Folder Errors on Windows 10
It’s always interesting when Windows tells you don’t have permission to access something on your own computer. Sometimes, when you attempt to access a folder Windows will lock you out with an Access Denied error.
Of course, if you’re not an administrator on your computer, you’ll see these errors if you try to access protected folders or other users’ files. Assuming you have admin rights and still see these permission denied errors, here’s how to fix them.
Open up a File Explorer window and browse to the folder you need to access. Right-click on it and choose Properties. In the resulting window, change to the Security tab and click the Advanced button at the bottom. Here, you’ll see some text that says Owner: and probably Unable to display current owner next to it. Click the Change link to the right of this to change the item’s owner.
Now, you’ll need to select which people or groups can access the resource. In the Enter the object name to select box, type Administrators to allow all PC admins to access it, or just your username if you prefer. Click Check Names and the box text will auto-correct to PCNAME\Administrators; click OK to accept this.
Finally, back on the Advanced Settings window, check the box for Replace owner on subcontainers and objects below the Owner field. This ensures you can access everything inside that folder without having to repeat these steps. Click OK and you’re all set to access the folder!
How to Automatically Lock Windows 10 Whenever You Leave Your Desk
For security, Windows automatically locks your computer after a set time of inactivity. How long this takes is up to you, but even with a short amount of time, there’s a fatal flaw. Someone could easily use your PC after you’ve walked away without you even knowing.
You can always use Windows Key + L to immediately lock your machine, but you might forget.
Starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update and available now to Insiders, Microsoft has added a new method of securing your computer. Titled “Dynamic Lock,” it lets you lock your PC when your phone goes out of Bluetooth range. Thus, you’ll need to connect your phone to Windows via Bluetooth first. This requires a USB Bluetooth adapter if your computer doesn’t have it built-in.
After that’s done, open Settings and head to Accounts > Sign-in options. On the right side, look for the Dynamic lock header and check the box that says Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device.
Now, your computer will automatically lock up shortly after your paired Bluetooth phone loses its connection. Of course, if you forget your phone at your desk when you get up, this won’t do you much good!