This tutorial contains instructions to resolve the following error: "Error Applying Security. An error occurred while applying security information to folder %Folder Name%. Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied" when you try to change the permissions of the folder in Windows 7, 8 or 10 OS.
The error "Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container. Access is denied” usually occurs when you try to change the permissions of a system folder (e.g. the "C:\System Volume Information Folder") or of a corrupted folder.
How to fix "Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied" – Cannot Change Folder Permissions.
To take the ownership and assign full control permissions to a folder (or file) in Windows 10/8/7:
1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do that:
- At the search box type: command prompt or cmd
- Right-click at Command Prompt result and select Run As Administrator.
2. At command prompt give the following commands in order: *
- takeown /F "Full Path of Folder or File"
- takeown /F "Full Path of Folder or File" /r /d y
- icacls "Full Path of Folder or File" /grant Administrators:F
- icacls "Full Path of Folder or File" /grant Administrators:F /t
* Note: If you receive the "Access Denied" error during the execution of any of the above commands, then stop there and:
1. Check and repair errors on the drive that contains the folder/file that you want to change the permissions. For example, if your want to check for errors the drive "D:" give the following command and press Enter.
- chkdsk D: /F /R
2. After checking and repairing the drive, give the commands above to change the permissions.
For example: If you want to change the Owner and Assign Full control permissions to the "C:\System Volume Information" ** folder, give these commands in order:
- takeown /F "C:\system volume information"
- takeown /F "C:\system volume information" /r /d y
- icacls "C:\system volume information" /grant Administrators:F
- icacls "C:\system volume information" /grant Administrators:F /t
** Note: The "C:\System Volume Information" folder is a system protected folder, because it is used from Windows, to store the system restore points. In order to successfully modify the permissions of the "C:\SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION" folder, follow the procedure below:
1. First of all, turn off the "System Restore" (System Protection). To do that:
- a. Right click on "Computer" (This PC) icon, and choose Properties.
- b. Then open System Protection –> Configure –> Turn OFF System Protection (Disable System Protection).
2. Restart your system in Safe Mode.
3.In Windows Safe Mode, type the above TAKEOWN & ICACLS commands in command prompt (Admin).
4. After finishing your job, restart Windows normally and don't forget to Enable the System Protection.
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