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Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

  1. #21


    Posts : 20,301
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Hello Sahil, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I'm not sure what the weird account name is for in your screenshot.

    I would recommend to do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before you took ownership of your C: drive to undo it.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 5
    Window 8


    @Brink, there is not system restore point available..

    If there was system restore point I would have restored it without interfering with c-drive ownership but there was no such restore point at that time or at present..

    What now? Should I just leave it and use as it is... or change ownership to SYSTEM?

    By default who should be the owner of c-drive ?
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  3. #23


    Posts : 20,301
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Sahil,

    The problem is all the files and folders on the C: drive that were also taken ownership of when you did this. There's just no practical way to restore their default owners since there is just way to many to do.

    Do you happen to have a system image that was created before doing this that you could restore to?

    If not, then you may be looking at refreshing Windows 8 to hopefully fix this to avoid having to reset Windows 8.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 5
    Window 8


    Is there any problem in leaving the laptop in current state? Will it get worse or unstable in coming days when new apps, settings or driver are applied?

    I had taken image of both drives with Acronis True Image Home 2013...

    Can i use that..? If yes i need to do that with bootable cd and connecting external hdd that has backup file and restore the c-drive.. right?

    If not above thing? Refreshing windows 8 will solve the issue of ownership or it may even make worse and crash my os?

    My take is if keeping current ownership as it is won't harm in future I don't wanna risk to change anything.. But if it has chance to get worse in future than i can follow step you suggest... Thanks...
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  5. #25


    Posts : 20,301
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Sahil,

    If you don't do anything, then you'll only have the same issues it caused.

    Yes, you could restore the Acronis image.

    True Image 2013 by Acronis Plus Pack: Restoring to Dissimilar Hardware with Acronis Universal Restore | Knowledge Base
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  6. #26


    Posts : 5
    Window 8


    @Brink, by same issue you mean i will loose access to c-drive at anytime

    or

    this messages like "you are running IDM with Administrator privileges" etc when i open such applications and no UAC pop ups which i used to get before this issue...

    FYI, at present my lappy is running without any problem or error msgs...
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  7. #27


    Posts : 20,301
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Sorry, I meant the "you are running IDM with Administrator privileges" etc when i open such applications and no UAC pop ups which i used to get before this issue..." messages you said you got afterwards.

    If you are happy with how it's currently running, then there's no need to do anything. What I suggested above is only to undo what you did if wanted.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 5
    Window 8


    @Brink,

    thanx for the reply... how about i just change the owner to SYSTEM from advance properties? or it will damage os?

    I found one issue over net where a guy got ownership of c drive and had put lappy under hibernation mode... when he tried to start it again.. it didn't open windows neither didn't it restarted as boot files had changed according to him... can same thing or similar happen due to me being owner of c-drive and not system...? link: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2045634

    are u sure that pc refresh will most probably solve this issue.. ?

    also if i use acronis recovery.. i need to restore System partition (c-drive) and the System Reserved partition too... ?

    sorry for too much queries... hope u can understand.. thanks
    Last edited by sahil; 18 Feb 2013 at 10:32.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 20,301
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Sahil,

    No. You do not want to change the owner of C: to SYSTEM. Doing so could lock you out of several files and folders, and possibly mess up Windows.

    Refresh may be able to fix it in an attempt to avoid reinstalling Windows.

    If a refresh fails to fix it, then you are left to either reset Windows 8, or restore your Acronis image of the Windows 8 partition.
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  10. #30


    I have a habit of keeping important files in D:\System Volume Information folder as no one goes there in my sytem. After formatting I'm unable to copy anything from that folder to D driver..

    Followed everything said in the above post, but still some files appears greyed ....unable to copy them ...but I can access them now, seeing photos and videos..

    can you help me, how?
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