Location is not available (Access is denied)

Here we can see “Location is not available (Access is denied)

In Windows 8/10, the error “Location isn’t available” seems to affect only users who upgraded from older Windows versions to Windows 8/10. Surprisingly, many users of pre-installed Windows 8/10 haven’t met with an equivalent predicament. After a Windows upgrade, sometimes users are just met with a blunt “Access Denied” error. At the absolute best, some users can access the recycle bin and taskbar items without the option of doing anything much. The degree of extent of this error varies, but once it’s deployed, there’s nothing much you’ll do on your PC with the new Windows 10 OS. Whenever you are trying to open an area drive, you get the warning/error message.

Even with Administrator privileges, you’ll still encounter this dreaded error. to get rid of the “Location isn’t available” warning, you’ll get to reset the permissions. Follow any of the two methods below to try to to this.


Method 1: Reset Permissions Manually

  1. Right-click on the blocked drive or the folder, then click on the “Properties” option.
  2. Navigate to the “Security” tab and click on thereon also.
  3. From under “Group or Usernames”, choose Administrators, should be Your-UserorPC-Name\Administrators
  4. Select “Edit”.
  5. Once more, select the Administrators Here, don’t worry if you get the “Apply” button grey and inactive. Check any box on the “deny” side of options. The “Apply” button will instantly become active. However, you would like to uncheck the deny option. (make sure it doesn’t stay checked).
  6. Check the top box up the “Allow” You’ll notice that each one of the boxes also becomes checked except the last one at rock bottom. On the other side, all the boxes under “Deny” become unchecked.
  7. Click on “Apply”. A scan immediately starts, with folders being swiftly analyzed by the system. The scan should take a moment at the very most. Click OK after it’s complete, but don’t exit the primary window.

Note: Sometimes, during the scan, you’ll still encounter the “Access Denied” error. Hit “retry” to confirm, and if you continue to get the error, now click on “continue”. Then click OK to exit the window.

In the initial window, now click on “Users”, then edit. Next, repeat the steps above from number 5 to number 7 (don’t forget we are that specialize in” users” now, not “Administrators”). this point round, the Apply button are going to be active after your first action on step 5 while editing Administrator rights.

Click OK and exit all windows. Restart your computer. The Access Denied error not appears.

Method 2: Reset Permissions Using the Reset Utility

If you’re resetting a folder and discovering the steps above complex or lengthy to follow, you’ll use a Reset Utility. Click (here) to download. After it’s been downloaded, open and run it. You’ll see a little window pop-up, as shown below. The password to extract the app is lallouslab

From here, choose the folder or the drive and click on GO. Once done, check again to ascertain if you’ll now access the folders or the drive. If not, then rerun the utility with the “Take files ownership” option checked.

Method 3: Reset Permissions via prompt 

If the folder you’re trying to access is shared on a network, then first disable Sharing. Once done, Hold the Windows Key and Press X. Choose prompt (Admin).

In the prompt window, browse to the directory where the folder is. for instance, if the folder is named Pictures located in C:\Users\ then within the prompt window, type

cd /users

then type:

icacls Pictures /reset /t /q

In short, whichever folder is inaccessible, you’ll need to run this command.


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