Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories in Windows 11

In this article, we will talk about some solutions to fix the “Incorrect permissions on Windows search directories” in Windows 11. This error message occurs due to Windows search permission issues. According to affected users, many of their newly installed programs do not appear in Windows search results. To resolve this issue, some users have run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter. But instead of solving the problem, the troubleshooter displayed the following error message on the screen:

Incorrect permissions on Windows search directories

If the same problem occurs on your system, the solutions explained in this article may help you fix it.

Incorrect permissions on Windows Search directories in Windows 11

Try the following fixes to get rid of this issue:

  1. Take ownership of the Data folder.
  2. Run SFC and DISM scans.
  3. Disable and re-enable Windows Search via Command Prompt.
  4. Create a new user profile.

Let’s see all these fixes in detail.

1]Take ownership of the Data folder

Since the error message occurs due to permission issues with Windows Search, Data folder support may resolve it. You will find the Data folder at the following path in Windows 11 File Explorer:

C:ProgramDataMicrosoftSearch

Just open File Explorer, copy the path above and paste it into the File Explorer address bar. After that press Enter.

After changing ownership of the Data folder, check if the issue still occurs. If so, try the next solution.

2]Run SFC and DISM scans

Corruption in system files gives rise to several errors in Windows operating system. This is a possible cause of the problem you are currently experiencing. You can fix this issue by running SFC and DISM scans. System File Checker (SFC) is an automated tool from Microsoft that scans the system for corrupt or missing system files and fixes them.

If running SFC scan does not fix the problem, DISM scan may fix the problem.

3]Disable and re-enable Windows Search via Command Prompt

If the problem persists, disabling and re-enabling Windows search through the command prompt may fix it. To do this, follow the steps below:

Click on Windows search and type cmd. Click on the Command Prompt app in the search results.

Now copy and paste the following command into the command prompt and hit enter.

dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"

The above command will disable the Windows search feature. Now restart your computer and run the command prompt again.

Copy the following command and paste it in the command prompt. After that press Enter.

dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"SearchEngine-Client-Package"

The above command will re-enable the Windows search feature. Now check if the problem still occurs.

4]Create a new user profile

A corrupted user profile also causes several issues on a system. If the above solutions do not solve your problem, your user profile may be corrupted.

Create a new user profile and see if that fixes the problem. If creating a new profile works, you can transfer all your files from your old user profile to the one you just created.

I hope this helps you.

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How do I change permissions on a Windows folder?

You can change the permissions of any file or folder by opening its properties. When you open the properties window, you will see different types of permissions, like full control, modify, read & execute, read, write, etc. You can enable or disable one or more of these permissions for a particular file or folder in Windows. 11/10.

How to fix folder permissions?

Sometimes in Windows 11/10, you may receive the following message when accessing a particular folder:

You are currently not authorized to access this folder.

Click Continue to navigate to this folder.

When you click on the Continue button, another popup appears on the screen, saying File access Denied. These types of folder permission issues can be solved easily by taking ownership of that particular folder.

That’s it.

Incorrect permissions on Windows search directories

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