Windows 8: Take Ownership of Files & Folders

If you are among those who are fond of customizing, then you must be aware of the fact that before making any changes on your system you need to have ownership on files and folders. For those who don’t use any kind of third party tools to having ownership is must. Just like the previous versions of Windows OS, Windows 8 also requires you to take ownership of a system file or folder before editing it. Here is the tutorial how you can take ownership of files and folders in Windows 8.

Take Ownership of Files & Folders windows8

If you want to make any kind of modification be it file or any folder in the system, then you must have the ownership just like Vista and Windows 7, the latest Windows 8 too. Manually taking ownership can be little tricky ones, so here is how you can gain access to ownership of a file or folder in Windows 8 using third party software named Take Ownership.

  • Create a .reg file containing the following commands to Take Ownership

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@=”Take Ownership”
“Extended”=”"
“NoWorkingDirectory”=”"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f \”%1\” && icacls \”%1\” /grant administrators:F”
“IsolatedCommand”=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f \”%1\” && icacls \”%1\” /grant administrators:F”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@=”Take Ownership”
“Extended”=”"
“NoWorkingDirectory”=”"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f \”%1\” /r /d y && icacls \”%1\” /grant administrators:F /t”
“IsolatedCommand”=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f \”%1\” /r /d y && icacls \”%1\” /grant administrators:F /t”

  • Next, extract the zip onto the desktop and install Take Ownership and Uninstall Take Ownership files
  • Double-click on Install Take Ownership file and click Yes for the prompt. You have just added Take Ownership option to the context menu

take ownership

  • Now, in order to take ownership of a file or folder, right-click on the file or folder, and then select Take Ownership option

add take ownership

  • The Take Ownership zip file also includes an uninstall file. In order to uninstall the tool simply double-click on the Uninstall Take Ownership file and click Yes for the prompt to remove Take Ownership option from context menu (right-click menu).

Upon following the steps described above you can easily take ownership of Windows 8 files and folders and make modifications in the system as you like. But, always make sure to have a backup in case you lose anything or remove any thing important unknowingly can be restored.

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