Sometimes if you need to change or modify any system file requires file ownership in case of Windows, without that you can’t even rename, delete or modify that file. For example, when you want to customize Windows UI, lock screen or need to replace existing system files with a new one you need that permission.
Gaining file ownership access is very task if you go through the manual process, which is not even possible to remember all time, so here I have tried to make the process even easier that with one or two steps you can get the file ownership in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 and I’m sure, even if Microsoft launches that Windows 9, this will work fine.
How to take file ownership in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1
- Download the Add-Take-Ownership-Option.zip on your PC and extract it.
- In the extracted folder you will see one file with the .reg extension.
- Double click on it to add to your System.
- Log off or restart your computer to see the new ‘File Ownership’ option in the right click menu.
- Now you can right-click on any file or folder to take the file ownership from the added new option. It’ll make you the owner of the file or folder and you can perform your desired operation.
- One more file is included inside the extracted folder that allows you to remove this option from your computer.
Or else, the command prompt method you can opt for this task,
To take ownership and grant full permission of a folder:
takeown /f foldername /r /d y icacls foldername /grant administrators:F /t
To take ownership and grant full permission of a file:
takeown /f filename icacls filename /grant administrators:F