You’ll need to Provide Administrator Permission to copy this file

Q. So I have a surface pro 3 that is associated with my Hotmail account which is the administrator account as well as it is the only account on the tablet. For some reason, I can transfer files to my external hard drive, or flash drives, but when it comes to transferring files back to the desktop, I get this annoying message, File access denied: you’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file.

I would like to give you guys an idea of how ridiculous this is. So i have a word document called sample 1 that is saved to my desktop. I plug in a flashdrive and transfer the word document to the flashdrive NO PROBLEMS.

Now i try to do the opposite, i try to transfer that same word document file that was just placed into the flash drive back onto my desktop and get this annoying message. What administrator permission is it referring to as i only have one account on the tablet. I’m using a surface pro 3 running windows 10 64 bit.


I can understand that inconvenience of not being able to perform the task even after being an administrator and I will be happy to answer your query.

Most of the times the folder permission or the Owner would be set to “Trusted Installer” such cases you’ll get this message that “You don’t currently have permission to access this folder”. When you click on Continue it will say access denied and try again. In such cases you could Take Ownership of the folder or file to open it or to get access to it.

Step 1: To take ownership of a file or folder

  1. Open Windows Explorer, and then locate the file or folder you want to take ownership of.
  2. Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  4. Click Edit, and then do one of the following:
    • To change the owner to a user or group that is not listed, click Other users and groups and, in Enter the object name to select (examples), type the name of the user or group, and then click OK.
    • To change the owner to a user or group that is listed, in the Change owner to box, click the new owner.
  5. (Optional) To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box

Step 2: If the issue remains, I would turn off UAC or User Account Control. Sometime UAC might block permission. Make sure to turn it back on once you have carried out the change.

a. Press Windows key + X and click Control Panel

b. Select Large icons on the right-hand side under the View by menu (if you are not already in Large icons view). This will display the Control Panel features as icons. Locate and click on User Accounts.

The User Accounts panel appears.

c. Click the Change User Accounts Control Settings option. The User Accounts Control Settings dialog box appears.

d. Change to Never notify

Note: A reboot of the computer will be required after choosing this setting.

Once you complete your Task change the slider to “Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer”.

Step 3: If disabling that UAC didn’t do the trick, the next steps is to Enable the Built-in administrator account. Built-in Administrator is a hidden administrator account.

a. Press Windows key + X and click Command Prompt (Admin)

b. Type the following command and press Enter

net user administrator /active:yes

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