You need administrator permission to delete a folder on Windows 10/11

The error You need to grant administrator permission to delete this folder appears mainly due to the security and privacy features of the Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.

Some actions require users to have administrator permission to delete, copy, or even rename files or change settings. This permission prevents unauthorized users and external sources such as scripts from accessing system data.

Many Windows users report seeing this message. So don’t worry, in this article you will find some workable solutions to this problem.

Why does the message Require administrator permission to delete a folder appear?

Some files and folders on your computer are protected and only users with the appropriate rights can access and modify them. In most cases, these are system files that you should not modify unless you know exactly what you are doing.

This message will also appear if you try to delete a folder created by another user. This is especially true if you are trying to delete files created by your administrator.

How to get administrator permission to delete folders in Windows 10 and 11?

1. Take ownership of the folder

  • Navigate to the folder you want to delete, right-click on it and choose Properties .
  • Select the Security tab and click the Advanced button .
  • Click Change , located at the beginning of the Owner file, and click the More button .
  • Enter your username in the Enter the object name to select field . Click Check Names and then OK .
  • Check the box Replace owner of subcontainers and objects and click Apply and OK .

     

  • Click the ” Advanced ” button again.
  • Go to the Audit tab and click Add .
  • Click Select Principal to add your account.
  • Enter your username in the Enter an object to select box and click OK .
  • Check the Full control box and save changes.

If this solution seems complicated, you can always use specialized software like Stellar Bitraser to easily remove any file from your PC.

2. Disable User Account Control

  • Search for uac in the Start Search box and select Change User Account Control settings .
  • At the bottom of settings, move the slider to Never notify .
  • Restart your computer.

To learn more about this feature, we suggest reading our detailed guide to managing UAC.

3. Activate the built-in administrator account

  • Press Windowsthe + key Xand select Windows PowerShell (Admin) .
  • Run the following command: net user administrator /active: yes
  • Sign out of your account and switch to an administrator account.
  • Check if the issue is resolved.

If you’d like to learn more about this feature, visit our guide on how to enable or disable the administrator account.

4. Use SFCs

  • Press Windowsthe + key Xand select Windows PowerShell (Admin) .
  • Run the following command: sfc /scannow
  • Wait for the process to finish and restart your computer.

If you are having problems with this command, we suggest you check out our article on stopping an SFC scan to learn how to fix it properly.

5. Use Safe Mode

  • Press Windowsthe + key Sand type recovery . Select recovery options .
  • Click the ” Restart now ” button in the ” Advanced Options ” section .
  • Click Troubleshooting .
  • Go to advanced options.
  • Select Launch Options and click Restart .
  • Press F5or 5to select Enable Safe Mode with Networking .
  • In safe mode, find the file you want to delete and try the operation.
  • Restart your computer to exit safe mode.

For more information, we suggest visiting our guide on how to access Safe Mode in Windows 11. Keep in mind that the methods in this guide can be applied to older versions as well.

How to get administrator permission to delete folders in Windows 11?

Create a new administrator account

  • Press Windowsthe + key Sand type add user . Select Add, edit or remove other users .
  • Now click the Add Account button .
  • Select I don’t have this person’s login details .
  • Now select Add a user without a Microsoft account .
  • Enter your desired username.
  • Log out, switch to a new account, and try deleting the affected file or folder.

How many types of user accounts are there in Windows?

There are two types of accounts in Windows: administrator accounts and standard user accounts. The first allows you to make system-wide changes that affect all users of the same PC, such as changing system settings or installing new software.

On the other hand, a normal user can use a PC without problems, but he does not have the necessary rights to install software or change/delete certain files.

How can I get administrator rights in Windows?

Whenever you try to perform an action that requires administrator privileges, you will be prompted for an administrator password.

This is the safest method to use on a home PC, but it can sometimes be tedious, which is why many users choose to use an administrator account instead.

You will need to grant administrator permission to delete this folder . The message might be problematic, but we hope this article helped you resolve your issue.

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