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Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8


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Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8
This will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives to be able to quickly take ownership and full access permission of it in Windows 8 and 8.1.
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How to Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives to be able to quickly take ownership and full access permission of it in Windows 8 and 8.1.
How to Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 8.

This will allow you to be able to instantly take ownership of a file, folder (and all contents), or drive (and all contents) by changing the owner to the current user and grant the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full access permission.

You must be an administrator to be able to add, remove, and use the "Take Ownership" context menu.

Note   Note
Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will continue to have Run as administrator instead of Take Ownership in their context menu.


When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, and click/tap on Take Ownership, you may be prompted by UAC for permission to do so first.

If a user is signed in as an administrator, then the user would just click/tap on Yes to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the current administrator user account. Permissions would be set to allow the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

If a user is signed in as a standard user, then the user would need to enter a selected administrator's password to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the selected administrator account, and not the standard user. Permissions would be set to allow the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full control of the file, folder, or drive.


The Take Ownership context menu will not be available when you right click on the C: drive, C:\Program Files folder, C:\Program Files (x86) folder, C:\ProgramData folder, C:\Users folder, and C:\Windows folder. This was done because taking ownership of these system folders can make Windows unstable since it would also take ownership of all the folder's content at the same time.

You will still be able to use the Take Ownership context menu of files inside the folder locations above.

If you would like to have a custom location(s) of your own to not have the context menu, then please feel free to post a request in this tutorial thread. I'll be happy to post back with a custom .reg file for it.

warning   Warning
This context menu will only work with English Windows installations.

If you have a different language, then please post a reply with what language you have instead. I'll be happy to post back a translated version for you.


EXAMPLE: Take Ownership in Context Menu

example.jpg


Here's How:

1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the top, middle, or bottom of context menu file below, and go to step 5 below.​
Add_Take_Ownership_to_context_menu.reg
download

3. To Add "Take Ownership" with Pause to Context Menu

Note   Note
This option pauses the command when you use the "Take Ownership" context menu to be able to see the command results. This can be handy to verify setting ownership and permissions was successful or not.

Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will still have Run as administrator instead of Take Ownership in the context menu when you use this step.


Take_Ownership_Pause.jpg
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the top, middle, or bottom of context menu file below, and go to step 5 below.​
Add_Take_Ownership_with_Pause_to_context_menu.reg
download

4. To Remove "Take Ownership" from Context Menu

Note   Note
This is the default setting, and will also restore the default Run as administrator for .exe files.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​
Remove_Take_Ownership_from_context_menu.reg
download

5. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Hello Bill,

Nope, it's the same one exactly. :)
 

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Thanks for the information.
 

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The program "Take Ownership" worked for me also. Now I have to learn the rest of Windowss 8. sure is different.
 

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Thanks Brink for the file. I use to get permissions manually which I knew and had done it before. But this reg file will do that work quite easily :)
 

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You're welcome. Glad it could it help. :)
 

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Dear colleague,

I found a problem, for example, if the folder is by permission only for the "SYSTEM" the TakeOwnership not work. I had to do the manual method is very time consuming, and the purpose is to make a TakeOwnership that gives complete control to the user "Everyone"?

Thanks and a hug.

Marcelo "Sushi"
 

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Hello Marcelo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Unfortunately, there's not anything that I know of that can be done for this. :(
 

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Hi, Brink

this is "Take Ownership" in context menu in windows 8

can you help me? give me "Grant Admin Full control" in context menu in windows 8

thank you
 

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Hello Furyza, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The "Take Ownership" context menu in this tutorial already does change the owner and grant administrators "full control". :)
 

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Worked! but the same as win7 take ownership! anyways Thanks! i thought it was different
 

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Application files, (EX: EXE, CMD, MSI) will still have Run as administrator instead of Take Ownership in the context menu.
So, why is it not possible to take ownership of executable-type files? I tried using this script awhile back to take ownership of every folder and file on my C drive (as well as my other drives). It seemed to work, but shortly thereafter certain installers and programs would give errors about not being able to access/write to certain folders, especially Program Files/Program Files (x86)/ProgramData. I figured it would be a good way to circumvent UAC permissions in regards to those folders. I'm one of those types of people that doesnt like being questioned by my own OS when it comes to being able to do whatever I want (deleting/writing files, running programs without "Are you sure?" messages, UAC prompts, etc. It still confounds me how I can get permissions and "Access denied" errors etc even when I'm logged in as Administrator (note the uppercase A).

Thanks!
 

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Hello Steve,

You are still able to manually take ownership of executable-type files all you like.

It's just that the context menu item in this tutorial must be used in the "Run" registry key that has "Run as administrator" there by default for these file types instead. You could have either one, but not both. Since "Run as administrator" is more commonly used with executable-type files, I just decided to leave it for these instead.

Hope this helps. :)
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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So there's no Registry hack I can use to add Take Ownership to the right-click context menu so that BOTH "Run as administrator" and "Take ownership" are both visible? And why do I get errors after taking ownership of all (and I do mean ALL) files on my drive? Why does Windows question what I'm doing and oftentimes deny permission when I try to do something, even as Admin (generally speaking)?

Thanks!
 

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Currently not for both. It just doesn't work with both. :(

You get errors when you try to do the C: drive (which you should not do) because it's also trying to take ownership and set permissions of junction points, boot files, and other protected OS files.

Most likely you are trying to access junction points or protected OS files. Junction points are not real files, but only symbolic links for backwards compatibility. Protected OS files are denied by default for your own protection. You mess with these files, and there's a good chance that Windows may become unstable.
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone