Losing control of your computer is undoubtedly frustrating. Suffice it to say that such a problem turns the daily routine of your PC into a nightmare, as you cannot use your files, folders, or applications and therefore cannot work. Unfortunately, in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, or 7, you may encounter the message “You need permission to perform this action” for no apparent reason, which means that this problem can appear out of nowhere and ruin everything. Since you are on this page, we will assume that this is the case.
You received an error message Do you need the authorization to perform this action on your PC? The problem is probably related to your security permissions, and today we’ll show you how to fix it.
With Windows 10, as with other versions of Windows, you may notice that you can’t access all the files on your device. This can happen because you don’t have the right permissions, or because there is a conflict between several files on your system.
If you want to solve these problems and give yourself full file permissions, take a look below and learn how to troubleshoot your Windows 10 device.
What causes the “You need permission to perform this action” error
- While the immediate cause of this error can’t be determined, users seem to note that it’s likely that your permissions are messed up. Permissions allow you to configure user accounts that are prohibited from performing certain actions to increase the security of the shared computer.
- Improperly changing these permissions can lead to errors like the one discussed in this article. This can be catastrophic because even with an administrator account, you will not be able to create new files and folders or even modify or delete existing ones.
- Another possible cause could be the use of some third-party applications or malware infection.
Whatever the cause of your error, we’re here to help you fix it in a matter of minutes. Continue reading the next section to learn how to do this.
To fix the error “You need permission to do this action “
Disable third-party security software
- One way to disable antivirus software is to use the Task Manager. Press CTRL+ALT+Del and select Task Manager from the Security Settings blue screen, or right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.
- In Task Manager, click the Launcher tab and check the applications that launch when your computer starts up. Select a third-party antivirus application and click Disable to change its status.
- Do the same for any other third-party antivirus application on your computer and restart it. Check if the error disappears, if not, try the following solution. If it helps, you can disable Windows Defender and re-enable the antivirus software.
Run a malware scan with Windows Defender
Your computer may be infected with viruses or malware that caused the “You need permission to perform this action” error.
Run a malware scan with Windows Defender to scan your computer for malware and remove it, then you can check to see if the error goes away.
- To do this, click Start -> Settings and select Refresh and Defender.
- In the left menu, click Windows Security and select Protection Against Viruses and Threats.
- In the new window, click the Scan Options link and select Full Scan. This will most likely detect and destroy any viruses or malware lurking on your computer, but it will take longer than a quick scan.
If any threats are detected during the scan, take appropriate action after the scan is complete and check to see if the error disappears after the scan.
Run an SFC scan
System File Checker (SFC) is one of the troubleshooting tools that scans, detects, and fixes various system problems on your PC.
- Open the advanced command line by typing CMD in the search box and selecting Run as Administrator.
- Enter this command: sfc / scan now
- Once the scan is complete, the SFC scanner will attempt to automatically resolve the problems it detected. You can check that the error disappears when you try to perform the same action on your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Disable third-party security software.
- Run a malware scan with Windows Defender.
- Run an SFC scan.
- Add your account to the Administrators group.
- Check if the folders/files are under another administrator account.
- Restart in safe mode.
Right-click on the object blocked with the message "You need permission to perform this action". Select Properties and go to the Security tab > Click on the Advanced button. Go to "Owners" and click on Edit > you will see the Select User or Group window.
Select Start -> Control Panel -> Administration -> Computer Management. In the Computer Management dialog box, click System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users. Right-click your user name and select Properties. In the Properties dialog box, select the "Participant" tab and make sure it says, Administrator.
- Go to the "Administrators" section.
- Hover your mouse over the administrator you want to change.
- Click on the "Other Options" icon in the right-hand column.
- Select Change permissions.
- Select the default or custom set of permissions you want to give to the administrator.
- Click OK.