Network Error “Windows Cannot Access” Fix

“Windows Cannot Access \\ Computer Name” is mainly a network related problem of your Local Area Connection and generally this error occurs due to the lack of network permissions. Most of the times people having this problem after creating the LAN Connection and mainly this error popup message appears even time when you try to open the shared folder.

The bad thing which I really hard about this network error is, not only on folder you can also get this error on any network files, folder or even on network shared drives too and sometimes it’s get really hard to find the fault setting.

Network error

Windows cannot access \\ Computer Name

You do not have permission to access \\ Computer Name contact your network administrator to request access.

If you having this problem on your Local Area Network too, then now I don’t think you really have to worry about it because with the help of this tutorial I’m definitely going to help you out by show you how you can give your computer permission to read or write the files and folder on the shared drive on your Windows Network Place location.

So Let’s See How To Troubleshoot This Error;

Normally, Access Denied Network error comes because of some kind a network related permission problem but sometimes there are also some or more couple of reasons for this error to shows up on your computer’s screen and here’s the list of those reason which can possibly happening on your computer:

  • Improper LAN Connection
  • Improper LAN Sharing Setting
  • Improper Drive Or Folder Security Setting
  • Windows Registry Got Corrupted

1# Solution To Fix – Improper LAN Connection And Sharing Setting

If you recently created a LAN connection by yourself, or maybe trying to start file sharing, or changed the LAN Wire or Modem, or maybe made any changes in your LAN setting, in that case I highly suggest you to see my this “How To Setup Two Computers Via LAN In Windows?” Article first to know, did you do this networking thing is in a right way or your network’s setting is just all incorrect.

If any single sharing setting is incorrect, it’s 100% possible that you are having this kind of problem with your computer.

2# Solution To Fix – Improper Drive Or Folder Security Setting

80% you’ll going to fix your problem by following this solution because most of people forgot to change the security setting while creating the local area connection in their network.

Now, I’m going to show you how to give permission to every device in your network to read and write the particular drive or folder. If you do having this problem with all of your network drives and folder and want to grant permission to all of those shared folder or drives then you’ll just need to repeat all these steps what I’m going to show you and edit the same configuration to all another drives or folders security settings.

Step 1 – Give Sharing Permission To Everyone

  • First, you’ll have to right click on that drive or folder what you’ve wanted to share.
  • Then, in that folder’s or drive’s properties, select the “Sharing” tab and click on “Advanced Sharing …” button.
  • Then, mark the tick on the “Share this folder” button.
  • Then, click on the “Permission” button.
  • Now give everyone the full permission.

Step 2 – Add The “Everyone” Username In The Security To Make That Shared Drive Accessible From Any Computer.

  • Now, you’ll have to go back to the drive’s or folder’s properties window again and this time, select the Security tab from the top menu and click on the “Edit …” button.
  • Then, click on “Add  …” button.
  • Then, click on the “Advanced …” button to find the user name.
  • Now, click on “Find Now” button to make your computer to show you the list of all available users.
  • Now find the user name called “Everyone” from that list, and select it and click “OK”.
  • At this moment you’ll seeing the username “Everyone” is shown in the users and groups setting. So, now you’ll just need to click on “OK” to add this user in the main security list.

Step 3 – Allow Full Permission To The Username “Everyone” To Make This Granting Access Thing For That Drive Complete.

  • Now, click on the username “Everyone” and then mark tick on the Full control option and after that click on “Apply”.

After that you will able see the windows security pop-up windows opens up and applying the setting to all your files and folder. So, at this moment you’ll just need to watch that process until it gets completed and make sure you don’t click on the cancel button or otherwise you’ll get the same problem while accessing some files in the future.

After that you can actually able to read and write the files on that drive right after this whole security configuration.

3# Solution To Fix – Corrupted Windows Registry

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical configuration storage database that stores settings for the Microsoft Windows Operating System and other installed software in your Windows.

The registry is the main target when a virus or malware starts to corrupt your windows and a single Changed value in your windows registry can cause this network related problem. You can try to fix your windows registry by using some best in class registry cleaner and that will fix your problem by just doing some simple steps.

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  1. Yes, thank you. But I still have the issue of computers asking me for an id and password when I click on a shared folder. What gives? It works and then it doesn’t. I hate windows networking. Is there an app that can do this better?

  2. i thought I was very computer literate but I have been messing around unsucessfully trying to get my Windows 7 and Windows 10 systems linked. Your 2 tutorials got me up and running within 30 mins. All disks available to all systems. Many thanks. Much appreciated.

  3. Thank you, Madhur. The settings you outlined above worked perfectly. Even Microsoft’s own guides omit the security settings in step 3. When I first installed W7, I never did get sharing to work and finally gave, resorting to “sneaker-net” for the last several years.

  4. Madhur – Thank you for your excellent concise and complete explanations! I have now been able to set up a number of shared folders between my Windows 7 and 10 laptops. You’ve made my life easier. Way to go!

  5. Thank you, Madhur. I can now wirelessly access my main work folder on my new Surface Pro 4 from my desktop Core2Quad and work with it normally. You really know your stuff!

  6. hi im getting this kind of error what i can do for it
    \\10.0.*.* is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

    logon failure: account currently disabled.

  7. Thank you, Madhur, what a hero you are! But I’ve been sharing laptops on a wifi network for years and never had to go thru these hoops before. Never mind, steps 2&3 have solved my problem and I am very grateful.

  8. Madhur, in the internet world of everybody just throwing out guesses and wasting everyone’s time by making them read through post after post of “try this”…”try that”, you have cut through all of that BS and went straight to an ACTUAL SOLUTION! I was ready to throw my computer out the window before I found your article. Within 5 minutes of working through your steps, all of my networking issues are solved and all of my computers are able to share data again. THANK YOU MADHUR! 😀

  9. i have tried all these options but i can cannot have access to my folders/drive, i keep having the same error message popping up. so please find a way of helping me.



  11. Thank you sooooooooooooo much dear
    really very helpful tutorial and not only for me . . . . .
    very best thing
    using very simple language and every step with picture
    well done

  12. hi there, thank you very much! it worked well for sharing with everyone. but what if i just want to share a folder with a particular person? not everyone for security concerns?I tried to follow your instructions and change everyone to the person i want to share with,but it didn’t work.

  13. Step 2 Worked like a charm for me!
    This is wonderful, thank you so much!

    Problem: Have multiple computers that I am trying to linked, and I keep getting in due to ‘Do not have permission…..’ in Share File.

    Step 2 – Add The “Everyone” Username In The Security To Make That Shared Drive Accessible From Any Computer.

  14. Hi Madhur,

    I have admin rights in my AD account. I have shared a drive with everyone but I’m not able to access that drive on a specific system and able to access rest of all the system’s.

    Please suggest.

  15. Dude this knocks crap put of microsoft forums lack of info and stock, unrelated answers from their supposed experts. First time I have seen adding everyone in security tab anywhere. You rock,Thanks!

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