Fix OneDrive Access Denied error in Windows 10 / 11

The Access Denied error with OneDrive are pretty common, even though users are that they have access. Interestingly, the error occurs even for those logging in with administrator accounts.

OneDrive Access Denied errorOnedrive Access Denied Error



The causes could be issues with permissions to the file, malware in the system, problems with the administrator accounts, the file could by encrypted or corrupt, etc. We will narrow down the causes one by one and resolve the issue.

Try these preliminary troubleshooting steps before anything else:

1] Scan your system for virus and malware using any reputable anti-virus tool.

2] Clear the browser cache.

3] Run the Disk Cleanup tool. Search for Disk Cleanup in the Windows search bar and open the application. Select the drive (actually all of them one by one) and run the tool.

4] Uninstall any recently installed suspicious software. Go to Control Panel >> Programs and Features. Right-click and uninstall any such software.


Programs And Features


We could proceed to the following solutions after this:

1} Check if the file is working for other users

2} Check the permissions of the specific file

3} Give Full Control to the intended user

4} Add a new administrator account


Solution 1] Check if the file is working for other users

One probability behind the issue is that the file could be corrupt. To confirm that it isn’t the case, ask other users who have access to the file whether they are able to use it or not. Also, check if the file is working well with online OneDrive.


Solution 2] Check the permissions of the specific file

A good way of managing permissions for OneDrive files is through OneDrive online. Make sure that the correct Microsoft online accounts have the right permissions. Also, check the sharing settings and identify what access has been given to the files exactly.

Another way of giving permissions is as follows:

1] Go to the OneDrive folder and right-click on the problematic file. Select Properties.

2 –  Click on Security tab.

3 -Click on Advanced .

4- Click on Change in the next screen.


Advanced Security Settings For Recovery Change


5- Click on Advanced again.


Select User Or Group Advanced


6 – In the next window, click on the Find Now button. Now, under the Search Results field, look for your User Account, select it and press the OK button to save the changes.




Find Now Search Results Select User Account Ok


7: Next, press OK again to save the changes and proceed.


Press Ok Again To Save Changes


8: You are now back to the Advanced Security Settings for Recovery. You can see the Owner name as your your User Account name. Click Apply and OK.


Owner Changed To Current User Account Apply Ok


That’s about it.



Solution 3] Give Full Control to the intended user

1] Go to the Security tab in the OneDrive properties window as mentioned in Solution 2.

2] Click on Advanced. Then click on Change to modify the permissions.

Advanced Security Settings


3] Enter your username in the “Enter the object name to select” field and click on Check Names.

Enter Object Name


4] Click on OK.

5] Now check the box which says “Replace owner on subcointainers and objects,” and click on Apply and the OK.

Replace Owner On Objects


Now since you have full ownership over the file or folder, it won’t give the error message again.

Solution 4]  Change permission using command prompt

1] Search in the Windows search bar for Command Prompt and right-click on the icon. Select Run as administrator.

2] Type the following commands and press Enter after each of them to execute them:

takeown /f "C:\<User name of system>" /r /d y

icacls "C:\<User name of system>" /grant %<username>% :F /t /q

where <User name of system> is the username of the system and <username> is the user name of the OneDrive user.

3] Let the commands execute and then exit Command Prompt and restart the system.

Solution 5] Add a new administrator account

In case you were the administrator of the system and had the above-mentioned permissions, probably there could be an issue with the administrator account itself. Try the following:

1] Click on Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings page.

2] Go to Accounts >> Family & other people.

3] Select Add someone else to this PC and add the details to create a new account.

4] Once the account is added, go to the same page and click on the new account.

5] Select Change account type.

6] Change the Account type to Administrator and click on OK.

7] Restart the system.