How to fix “You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file” on Windows 7

You require permission from SYSTEM

“You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file” – that annoying message seems to bug me (and a few other people on the net) quite a lot. It happened when I tried to delete a folder in my Games drive (not sure who created the folder in the first place).

Seems that the permissions got mixed up as I reformatted my Windows 7 and moved things around. Here is how to fix “You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file” on Windows 7 even when you are already an Administrator.

  1. Right click on the folder (or file) what you want to delete which has this annoying problem – choose Properties.
  2. Go to “Security” tab – “Advanced”.
  3. Go to “Owner” tab – “Edit”
    Owner tab
  4. On the “Change owner to:”, click on the username you are using at the moment and then tick the “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”. Press OK to save and keep pressing OK until you close all the windows.
  5. Again, do a right click on the folder/file – then choose Properties.
  6. Again, Go to “Security” tab – “Advanced”.
  7. On the “Permissions” tab (where you should be now), go to “Change Permissions”.
    Change Permissions
  8. Keep the “Include inheritable permissions from this object’s parent” unchecked BUT check the “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object”.
    Tick boxes
  9. Press “OK” to confirm and “Yes” on the pop-up window:
    Windows Security
  10. Keep pressing “OK” until you close all the pop-up windows.
  11. Now delete the file/folder with the “You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file” issue.
  12. Say goodbye to it ;)

Hope this fix works for you as it’s a really annoying Windows 7 permission issue, thanks to Copious Ideas blog. No more “You require permission from SYSTEM” annoying message to see.

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  • Albert

    Very useful instruction. This message is really very annoying. I am not a professional in computers, but I will try to fix it myself.

    • Vincent

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M NEAR TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kimi@ computer review

    Hi Michael,

    I wish I found this post when I got the same issue when I first used Windows 7.

    As long as I remember, I have looked for the solution in Google and didn’t get any expected result..



    • Michael Aulia

      Ow, well at least you don’t have that error anymore, so all good, I guess. It can be hard indeed to find the right answer among thousands of Google results!

    • Kimi@ tablet review

      Yes! But recently I had file permission stuff, sometimes I’m really sometimes tired of windows lol, so many frustating moments, and looked for the solutions in Google, and didn’t find one.

      And the solution was weird, because the solution was also very simple, to delete the folder content one by one :(

      Have a good weekend Mike!

  • Raymond

    impressive! how did you think up of this?

    • Michael Aulia

      Um I don’t, to be honest. I got it from a post after searching on Google (source is on the last line of the post)

  • snowwhite

    awsome thnks nice guidance with pic and way just like school teacherrrr thnks alot

    god bless

  • link6790

    THANKS! I just reformatted and re-installed my Windows 7 and I had a similar problem. I could only copy out of a certain folder, my videos on an external but I couldn’t add or rename anything. Except I had to click on EVERYONE and edit it by checking full control. But I never would have made it that far if I hadnt seen this post

  • Paul

    brilliant – worked like a charm, thanks.

  • Armando

    I was long looking for the solution to this problem. thanks for the instructions, work tremendously. THANK YOU! I have a question for windows xp, the process is similar??

    • Michael Aulia

      That’s good to hear! I’m not sure whether the process is the same as Windows XP though (it should be somewhat similar). If not, you might have to google around

  • Shreeram Gyawali

    I’m sorry to say still it is not working. Is there any solution? Please help.

  • Fikri

    Thank you very much! It works…

  • steve lee

    I can not remove the disk c

  • Kaushik

    Thanks for the workaround. Works perfectly for me!

  • Asad Daud

    Really great Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It worked for me. Sacrificing a bit of your time, you don’t know how much time you have saved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Michael Aulia

      Haha thanks, Asad. Glad it helped you out!

  • George

    Thanks a lot, Michael !!!

  • menaf

    lav u mike. at last get rid of that file.

  • mooohop

    Just……………A MILLION THANK YOUS!!!!! What a star!!
    Tried all sorts and wasted hours of my life and did this in a couple of minutes.
    Thanks again

  • Mujahid

    Cannot Delete the folder. :(

    Error message: An error occurred while applying security information to :
    Access is denied.

    help !!

    • Kat

      I have the same problem. It gives me the same error when trying to delete the file.

      Did you manage to find a solution about?

  • dont worry b3 happie

    MANY MANY MANY thnx mate, Michael
    u r excellent,,,,, brilliant …….
    have good life….. :) :D

  • Bhargava

    Thank you bob…… Awesome ….

  • Rory Foster

    Is there are a way to make this system wide so you don’t have to perform the procedure on every folder/file that you want to delete?

  • MJ

    Right at the end, round Step 9, it says that there was an ‘error’ and that my access was denied. This is driving me insane. Anyone else get this, and if so, what was the solution?

  • Dave

    thank you!! this locked folder has been irritating me for a while!

  • mohammad

    thank you very very very very much :)

  • Mohit Bughani

    This didnt work for me. I was trying to delete the windows update folders created. After changing the owner to myself, now while deleting it says you need permission from “Myself” to delete !

  • Rubaiet

    I did how u suggested but as your 8 step when I check the “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object” then a pop-up windows security shows that “An error occurred when applying security information to C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5; Access is denied” & it remained unchecked & my problem is remaining unsolved. What can I do ? Please suggest me.

  • vinay

    In my case, it is showing Access id denied on 10 step. :/ what to do ?

  • Gerson


    You help us a lot!
    Now I can format one of my System Partion

  • Bo7assan

    Thanx SOOOOOOO Much

  • sri ram kumar

    its workinggggggggggggggggggggg
    i was trying to do this from months
    finally i have done it because of you
    thank u
    thank u
    thank u

  • klglass

    One could also download (for free) Unlocker, and that will allow you to do the same in many fewer steps.

  • tim

    This is awesome!!!

  • Roll7heDice

    When I click edit it says to me: You only have permission to view the current owner of “file”.

  • F for Fachri

    Thankyou so much! I’ve been kept this undelete file and now that file can be deteled! Thank you!!!

  • Steven Bhardwaj

    Worked! Thanks!!

  • CjCummings

    Thanks worked great

  • Sean Abel

    You rule duuuude. :)

  • Tiberiu Bursuc

    god bless you man :)

  • Gab Charlebois

    Thank you so much!

  • disqus_xrDm9xWxPX

    I love you

  • DOn

    Mine says access denied when I get to step 9… Please Help.

  • Rick Chandler

    Thank you so much for posting this process. Worked like a champ.