Documents and Settings Access Denied in Windows 10/7? [Fixed]

Why the C Documents and Settings Is Not Accessible

The My Documents folder is a component of the user profile that is used as a unified location for storing personal data. By default, it is used as a default storage location for saved personal documents. This folder contains many things like Desktop, Start menu, favorites, and certain application data.

Restore the “Access Denied” Documents Folder Now

Before you start fixing the Windows 10 Documents and Settings not accessible error, we highly recommend you back up all important files of that folder to another location first. This is because the Documents folder holds many important files/folders as we explain above.

How to Fix the “Documents and Settings Access Denied” Error

How to get rid of the “My Documents and Settings is not accessible” error? Now, you can try the following 5 accessible ways one by one until the problem gets solved.

# 1. Cancel the Encryption Protection to the Documents Folder

Sometimes you may set encrypt protection for the “My Documents” folder accidentally. This function will let your Documents folder become an unreadable status as a form of protection. It is often used to protect folders that are confidential or transmitted through the internet.

# 2. Gant Enough Read Permissions to the Documents Folder

One of the main reasons behind the “Documents and Settings access denied” error is that you don’t have enough permissions to view the Documents folder. In this case, you can follow the steps below to grant permissions to the folder.

# 3. Grant Enough Ownership to the Documents Folder

If you don’t have enough ownership of the Documents folder, you can’t access Documents and Settings folder Windows 10/7. Don’t worry. You can follow the step-by-step guide below to get the ownership of the Documents folder.

# 4. Change the Documents Folder Path

Some users reported that the Documents and Settings access denied error can be fixed by moving its path outside the C drive. Here you may have a try.

# 5. Check Your Antivirus Settings

Sometimes your antivirus settings may prevent you from accessing the Documents folder as well. In this case, you need to check if you shield the folder in your antivirus settings. Here we take Avast for example.

What’s Your Option

How to fix the “Documents and Settings access denied” error? We have explained 5 ways in this post. If you have other fixes or suggestions, please write them down in the comment area. Of course, you can directly send us an email to [email protected] if you have difficulties using MiniTool Partition Wizard.


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