How to Fix “Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container” on Windows 11 & 10

Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container

Encountering the “Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container. Access is denied” error in Windows 11 or Windows 10 is pretty common while dealing with the folder permission of the PC. The Windows OS allows its user to share a file or folder with multiple users over LAN.

And as an admin to these files or folders, if you are trying to change the permission of these files, you may encounter the Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container error pop-up on your computer screen.

But the issue can be solved and in this fixing guide, we are going to discuss the same. Here are the different ways by which you can get rid of this error.

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How to Fix “Failed To Enumerate Objects in the Container” Error on Windows

There are actually two main reasons behind the emergence of the Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container error. This can be either due to misconfigured folder settings or a clash in the file/folder permissions.

Fix 1: Change permissions using CMD

Step 1: Open Command Prompt on your Windows PC. You can search for the same, right-click on it, and select Run as Administrator.

Step 2: Once the Command Prompt window is open, paste the following commands one by one and also make sure to replace PATH_TO_FOLDER with the actual path of the folder whose permission you want to change.

takeown /F X:\PATH_TO_FOLDER

takeown /F X:\PATH_TO_FOLDER /r /d y

icacls X:\PATH_TO_FOLDER /grant Administrators:F

icacls X:\PATH_TO_FOLDER /grant Administrators:F /t

Note: To know the path of the folder, navigate to it and copy the path from the address bar of Explorer.

Step 3: Once the execution of all the above-mentioned commands is done, give your PC a restart and see if the issue is fixed.

Fix 2: Change the folder’s ownership

This specific method is also suggested by Microsoft to solve the issue you are currently dealing with. Changing the ownership of the folder has been seen as a working fix in most cases. Here are steps to replicate and fix the issue for yourself.

Step 1: Right-click on the folder with which you are getting the Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container. Access is denied error. This will open a context menu from where click on Properties.

Step 2: Once the Properties window appears switch to the Security tab of it and then go to the Advanced option.

Step 3: The Advanced Security window will open. Here, click on the Change option, located at the end of the Owner section.

Step 4: You’ll now be asked to enter your Windows account’s username that you use to log in to your PC. Enter the username in the Enter the object name to select section and click on the Check Names option.

Step 5: If your entered username gets underlined, you can proceed by clicking on OK. Otherwise, click on the Advanced button to select the correct username and then click on OK.

Step 6: You’ll now be redirected back to the Advanced Security Settings window. Here, checkmark the following two options and click on OK.

  • Replace owner on sub containers and objects
  • Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object

Step 7: Now, again open the Advanced Security Settings Window by following the above Steps. Here, click on the Add option.

Step 8: Click on the Select a Principal option.

Step 9: Under the Enter the object name to select section, enter everyone and click on the Check Names button.

Step 10: Once the keyword “everyone” gets underlined, click on OK and close all the windows now.

Once done, try changing the permission of the folder you were having trouble with. You should now be able to do so.

Fix 3: Disable UAC

You can set the User Account Control notifications to Notify Never in order to suppress the warnings that your PC delivers after a system change. This will allow you to make changes in the folder permissions without any pop-up in between. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Search for UAC and open the Change User Account Control Settings from the search results.

Step 2: You will see a slider on the left of the window. Bring that slider down to Never notify.

Step 3: Now click on OK and restart your PC.

Fix 4: Boot into Safe Mode

If none of the above-mentioned files works for you, you can try booting your PC into safe mode. After booting into safe mode, try performing Fix 1 again and see if the issue gets fixed.

Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 11

Step 1: Open Windows Settings by pressing Win + I and go to System > Recovery.

Step 2: Click on the Restart now button of the Advanced startup option. This will reboot your PC into the advanced startup menu.

Step 3: In the menu, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings, and finally click on Restart.

Step 4: Now, from the list of options select any of the option numbers 4,5, or 6 by pressing the respective number key to boot into Safe Mode.

Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10

Step 1: Open Settings and go to Update & Security > Recovery > Restart now under the Advanced startup section.

Step 2: Your PC will now boot into the Advanced startup menu. Here, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings and finally click on Restart.

Step 3: The PC will boot again and this time in Startup Settings. Choose any of the Safe Mode options (4,5 or 6) by pressing their respective number key on the keyboard.

Bottom Line

And this is how you can rectify the “Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container. Access is denied” error on your Windows PC. I am hoping that any of the 3 fixes would have helped you and you are now able to freely manage the permissions of your files and folders. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments below. I’ll surely look into them and respond accordingly.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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