Is it possible to use powershell command to enable file access option in windows settings?

Xie Steven 811 Reputation points


I'm developing a business UWP app for sideloading. The app will read and write to the file which is out of the App domain. For example, the file path is c:\\folder1\\1.txt

I followed the document File access permissions, and add the capability broadFileSystemAccess. After the app is deploied on my customers' machines, I need to let my customers to go to the Settings > Privacy > File system and enable the file access option for my app at first, then the app will work well.

My customers do not want to do this step(enable file access option) manually. They want a automatic way to do it. Is it possible to use powershell to achieve this target? or other better ways?


Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
Windows Server PowerShell
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  1. Junjie Zhu - MSFT 16,471 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello, @Xie Steven ,
    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    You can go to Registry [Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\broadFileSystemAccess].

    If you have installed your application, you can see your app's package family name.

    Modify the Value Data to Allow.

    You can use Powershell to set the registry.

     Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\broadFileSystemAccess\[your package family name]" -Name "Value" -Value "Allow"  


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