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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.


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

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

  2. 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..



    • 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!

    • 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!

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

    god bless

  4. 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

  5. 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??

    • 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

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

  7. 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

  8. Cannot Delete the folder. :(

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

    help !!

    • 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?

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. Hi,
    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 !

  13. 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.

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

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

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

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