Sometimes when Windows users try to rename folders they receive an error which reads “An Unexpected Error is keeping you from renaming the folder“. The exact message which users see is this
An unexpected error is keeping you from renaming the folder. If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem.
With this error message, users might see various error codes which are as follow:
- 0x80070003: The system cannot find the path specified
- 0x80004001: Not implemented
- 0x80007005: Unspecified error or Access is Denied
- 0x8007003B: An unexpected network error occurred
- 0x80070091: The directory is not empty
Or maybe more.
After reading this error message the first thing comes up in mind that they do not have proper rights to change the specific folder name. The worst part of about this annoying message is that users normally see these error code on the personal computer in which users are already logged on as administrator.
In case you’re receiving the same error code, then you must check out this post as in upcoming line you will read various methods using which you can troubleshoot and fix the issue.
So without further delay why don’t you start reading about them:
1. Check Appropriate rights
It is very important to check if you have proper rights to the particular folder or not. In case, you’re sure about that head over that second method.
2. Check if issue is all across the system
Secondly, you need to ensure that if you’re receiving this error for a particular folder or it happening for all the files and folder available in the system. If it happening for a particular folder, then it is recommended to reboot your system and find out if this fixes the issue.
In case, if it happening with other folder and files across the machine, then check out the next method which you’re going to read in the upcoming lines.
3. Run Files and Folders Troubleshooter
The majority of the users reported that they fixed this issue by simply running the Files and Folders Troubleshooter. You can download it from the following link and run it on the system. It will automatically detect the problem and fix it. Don’t forget to reboot the PC.
Check out if this fixes the issue.
4. Take ownership of the Folder
In some cases, the only administrator has right to access the folder, that means no other users can rename the folder. It can be fixed by providing required permission of the folder for other users. The process of taking ownership of the folder is little tricky. You can check my detailed guide on how to take ownership of the folder. In this post, you will read two methods to make that thing happen.
5. Update Group Policy Settings
As an administrator, if you have made any changes to the Group Policy settings, then you might want to update the settings forcefully. This method applied to the system managed by the workplace and users have full right to access the folder. For that,
Type CMD or Command Prompt in the Start menu search bar and when same appear in the search result make a right click on it and run as Administrator.
In the command window type following command and hit enter
Check out if this helps in fixing the issue.
Normally all the method help in fixing the issue. You must give a try to these methods and let me know.