Solving "Access Denied" Error When Trying to Access NMM Path

If you're getting an error with the message "Access Denied" when trying to access or edit a path or file in NMM, it's likely due to a permissions issue. This guide will walk you through the steps needed to get things working correctly.


  • You need to be logged into an administrator-level account to make the necessary changes.
  • You'll need to be familiar with Windows Task Manager.

Steps to Fix Problem

  1. Close NMM and make sure all associated processes have ended in Windows Task Manager.
  2. Right-click on the NMM icon, and select "Run as Administrator."
  3. In NMM, select Settings > Configure NMM.
  4. Make sure the path of the directory where NMM is installed and the path of the folder where all the installed mod files are stored are correct.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. Try accessing or editing the NMM Path again.


What are my options if I'm not logged in to an administrator account?

If you don't have access to an admin account, you can try downloading and running the NMM AccessFix command-line tool. This tool will reset the NMM file permissions, allowing access to all users. You can download it from the Nexus Mods forums.

How do I make sure all associated processes have ended?

You can do this through Windows Task Manager. To open Task Manager, right-click the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, then select Task Manager. Make sure all processes associated with NMM are closed.

Can I use NMM if I don't have administrator access?

No. You must be logged in as an administrator in order to make the necessary changes to the NMM settings, as well as access or edit NMM paths.

How do I find the path of the directory where NMM is installed?

You can find the path by opening Windows Explorer and searching for the directory. The default install location is usually in the "Program Files" directory.

Does this also work for Steam versions of NMM?

Yes. The same steps apply regardless of the version of NMM you're using.

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