How to Resolve “Failure to Enumerate Objects in the Container” Error Message in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to back up folders with important files so that they can’t be easily deleted or lost. Folders or files can be accessed by multiple users on a local network. This access can be changed by the administrator, but sometimes the administrator cannot change the access permission for users or other user groups, and then the error message “Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container. Access Denied”.

What is the cause of the “Failed to Enumerate Objects in Container” error message in Windows 10?

  • Incorrectly configured folder settings can cause this error.
  • A conflict between different files and folders in your system can cause such problems.
  • Sometimes third-party programs installed on your system can inadvertently remove default permission entries for files and folders on your computer and cause this error.

How to fix the “Cannot enumerate container objects” error in Windows 10?

Disable user account control

  1. Press Windows + S to display the search bar.
  2. Type “Change user account control settings” here and click on the appropriate search result.
  3. You should see a slider on the left side of the new window. Click on the slider head and drag it down to the “Never Alert” text.
  4. Click OK and restart your computer.
  5. Try changing the permissions for the file or folder in question.

Manually change the ownership of the problem file or folder

  1. Right-click on the affected file or folder and select Properties.
  2. Switch to the “Security” tab, then click the “Advanced” button at the bottom right of the window.
  3. Click on the “Edit” link next to the owner of the file, just below its name.
  4. Enter the name of your account under the “Enter the name of the selectable object” heading, then click the “Verify Name” button.
  5. If your name is underlined, click “OK” to continue. If not, click the “More” button and find your username in the list.
  6. Two new options should appear. Make sure you enable the two options “Replace owners for subcontainers and objects” and “Replace all permission records for subordinate objects with permission records inherited from this object”.
  7. Click the “Apply” button and reopen the Advanced Security window shown in step 2.
  8. Click the “Add” button at the bottom left of the window.
  9. Click on the “select director” link.
  10. Under the “Enter the name of the selectee” heading, enter the word “All” and click on the “Verify Names” button.
  11. Click on “OK” and close the window. Now you can try to set permissions for the corresponding file or folder.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most direct way to fix this error is to manually change the property of the file or folder causing the problem. This method is recommended by many Windows 10 users and can work in conjunction with booting the device in safe mode.

A conflict between different files and folders in your system can cause these problems. Incorrect configuration of folder settings can also cause this error.

  1. Press Windows + S to bring up the search bar.
  2. Type "Change user account control settings" here and click on the appropriate search result.
  3. You should see a slider on the left side of the new window. Click on the head of the slider and drag it down to the "Never Alert" text.
  4. Click OK and restart your computer.
  5. Try changing the permissions for the corresponding file or folder.