How to View File on Protected Recovery Partition?

When you want to view a desired file on your system, and on clicking the file you are blocked by the security of the system. To view a file on a protected partition, you need to take the ownership of the item or there is another alternative way to fix it. Follow this tutorial to get ownership of a file on the system.

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Firstly, you need to go into Folder Options and set to show hidden files and systems files.

Use Windows Explorer to navigate to C:\Windows\System32\ShellvRTF.dll and C:\Windows\System32\ShellvRTF64.dll and rename the file and then reboot the system to effect the changes. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, try the next step mentioned below.

Take Ownership of an item on Windows Operating System

Before taking ownership of any item on windows you need to log into the windows as an administrator.

Ownership through Command Prompt

  • Click start and go to all programs then accessories and open an elevated command prompt
  • In the elevated command prompt, type the command takeown /f, and write the full path of a file that you want to take ownership of within the quotes and hit enter
    For example: takeown /f “C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui”

command takeown

  • A message will be displayed showing completion successfully. This will give you ownership of the file
  • In the same elevated command prompt, type the command icacls “full path of file” /grant (user name):F and press Enter.

command iacls

Upon successful completion, you will get the ownership and can easily view the protected files on the partition.

Manually Take the Ownership

  • Go to the file, folder, drive, or registry key you want to delete or modify or take ownership of.
    For example, the system file: C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui
  • For a File, Folder, or Drive, right click on the file, folder, or drive and click on Properties.
    Do not do this to the hard drive partition that OS is installed on. It can mess up the boot files. For a Registry Key, click on the key in the left pane to highlight the registry key (folder), then right click on the key and click on Permissions, or click on Edit (Menu Bar) and Permissions.
  • Click on the Security tab and on the Advanced button.


  • Click on the Owner tab.
  • Click on the Edit button.
  • If prompted by UAC, click on Continue.
  • Under the Change owner to section, click on your user account name and click on OK.
  • Click on OK at the Security pop-up window.
  • Click on the Edit button.
  • If prompted, click on Continue in the UAC prompt.
  • Click on the Add button.
  • To Type in Your User Account Name and Enter the objects name to select.
  • To Select Your User Account name, click on the Advanced button and click on the Find Now button. Under Search results, click on your user account name to highlight it and click on OK.
  • Click on your user account name to highlight it.
  • Check the box for Full Control and click on OK.
  • Click on Yes in Windows Security pop-up and finally click on OK.

Upon completion of the above steps you will get the ownership to delete or modify the item. Once you get the ownership you will be able to view the protected section on your computer.


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