Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is denied.

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1. There should be a file path in the error message you receive, write this down, then go to the location where the folder is located (for example C:usersdocumentsabcde) and right-click the folder (1) then click Properties (2)

Folder Properties
Folder Properties

2. Now click on the tab Security (3)

3. Now click on Advanced (4)

4. Now click on Change (5)

Security Settings
Security Settings

5. In the box (6), type your username, then click on Check Names (7). It’s normal that your name will be replaced.


6. Click on OK

7. Check the box Replace Owner on subcontainers and objects (8)

8. Check the box Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object (9)

Change root permissions
Change root permissions

9. Click on Apply

10. Click on OK on the warning.

11. Click on Add (10)


12. Click on Select a Principal (11)

13. Now type Everyone (12) in the box and click on Check Names (13), then click OK 

Select a Principal
Select a Principal

14. Click on OK again

15. Click on Apply

16. Click on OK


The issue should now no longer appear when trying to change folders or libraries. If it still does then try to change the permission of the root folder (the lowest folder in the chain) and see if that solves the problems your facing.

If you need more help then please comment below and we will be glad to help you further.

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Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.


  1. Not sure if this post still gets seen or responded too.

    Having problems with Permissions on a Temp folder, it wont allow me to add access to the temp folder using windows 10 which in turn is stopping us using software

    can anyone help can provide remote access to computer if required

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