On a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine, logged in as domain administrator trying to access the c:\users\public\desktop folder, getting access denied. This machine is the domain controller.

How can I get access to this folder?

  1. Using takeown from cmd.exe using runas as the local domain administrator:
C:\Users\Public>takeown /f c:\users\public\desktop
ERROR: Access is denied.
  1. Tried icacls
C:\Users\Public>icacls Desktop /t /grant Everyone:F
Desktop: Access is denied.
Successfully processed 0 files; Failed processing 1 files
  1. Viewing it via explorer when logged in as domain administrator

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  • Is UAC enabled? Try turning it off if it is. – martin81 Oct 4 '17 at 19:42

Try to change owner of this folder to yourself and then you will be able to modify read/write permissions (for any user).

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    The OP already showed how they tried to do this - as covered in Point 1. – Anthony Geoghegan Oct 3 '17 at 21:24

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