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

  1. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by SandraChung View Post
    Thank you for this. I had gotten adept at doing this with Win7 but Win 8 threw me for a loop! Just enough different to frustrate the beejeebus out of me.
    You're most welcome Sandra, and welcome to Eight Forums. It does take a bit to get used to the difference.
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Nov 2012 at 05:02. Reason: added quote

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're most welcome Sandra, and welcome to Eight Forums. It does take a bit to get used to the difference.
    First post in the Windows 8 forum, but frequent visitor in the Win7 forum. Strange to have to reregister when you can switch back and forth between them via a button on the browser window. heh
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    Unfortunately, even though they are sister sites, they are still separate sites that also require separate registration.
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  4. #13


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    windows 8

    Manually Taking Ownership-pc hung up


    After having said "Yes" to the dialog depicted in the last step in Manually taking Ownership of a Drive in Advanced Properties; i.e. "You do not have permission to read the contents....etc.etc." - I encountered a new dialog that said I have a 'security' error apparently re: a particular saved favorite/bookmark and was given two choices, Continue or Cancel. I chose Continue, and it is now hung up. I also previously tried "Cancel" - it hung up there too, all night, and I finally gave up and restarted the pc....went thru all the steps again, and chose "Continue" this time....and yep, it's hung up alright.
    Last edited by mgs4real; 03 Dec 2012 at 13:57. Reason: more info
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  5. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mgs4real, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If this was for a system drive, then that would normal since you shouldn't take ownership of a system drive for that reason.

    Instead, you would want to take ownership of the file or folder it is in it instead.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #15


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    Windows 8


    Is there a reason why I'm getting Access Denied?

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  7. #16


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    Hello jhomar, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    By default, you should already be owner of your Libraries folder.

    You might see if doing it manually using step 2 in OPTION THREE may work better for you.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #17


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello jhomar, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    By default, you should already be owner of your Libraries folder.

    You might see if doing it manually using step 2 in OPTION THREE may work better for you.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    I wasn't the owner originally, however option three did work for me thank you.
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  9. #18


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    You're most welcome.
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  10. #19


    Posts : 5
    Window 8


    Hi! Brink

    My Device: Dell 15R Turbo with Windows 8 Pre-Installed

    I had lost access to my c-drive suddenly without anything done by me. I had just installed Nod 32 Smart Security after uninstalling McAfee Anitvirus and rebooting my laptop.

    By this method from MS forum I got access back to c-drive: Link: Lost access to C:\ Drive. "Can't open access control - Microsoft Community
    I have the same problem too, but solved the problems with the following methods:
    1) Run computer in Safe mode with command prompt by tapping F8 when your computer boot up

    2) Logon to your user account (with admin rights)
    3) Type "net user administrator /active:yes"
    4) Ctrl-alt-del to logoff
    5) Logon as administrator
    6) Ctrl-alt-del start task manager
    7) Disable UAC with RegEdit

    1. Type regedit
    2. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    3. Locate the following REG_DWORD value: EnableLUA
    4. Set the value of EnableLUA to 0.
    5. Optional step to suppress UAC consent prompt dialog, locate the following REG_DWORD value: ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin
    6. Set the value of ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin to 0 (optional).
    7. Exit from Registry Editor and restart the computer to turn off UAC

    8) Reboot computer
    9) Goto My computer, right click C: drive, then properties, security, advance, effective permission, select, enter your own user name, ok
    Done, you have access to C: now. But must do the following to increase security because you just compromise your own computer security in this way.
    10) Enable back your UAC

    1. press windows button + R
    2. type in msconfig
    3. goto tools, change uac setting, launch, set to default
    4. Reboot, done =)

    When i reached the 9th step I couldn't add my username as there was no owner specified in advance settings. So I unknowingly choose administrator account as owner or the c-drive and later added permissions to various accounts like: Adminstrators [Computer-name/Administrators], Authenticated Users, Users/[Computer-name/User], SYSTEM... Later enabled UAC to default level...

    Although I'm not facing any problem at present but changes I have noticed are:
    There are almost no UAC pop-ups which came up when I launch any executable file or program...
    When I open apps like IDM i get message you are running IDM with Administrator privileges. IDM won't be able to take over downlods from browsers in this manner...

    So i guess its because I have chosen owner of c-drive as admin account?

    My concern for this post is because in your main post of this topic you have mentioned never take ownership of c-drive and even found many post on net not to do so... What should I do now? What do you suggest? By default who should be the owner of C-drive? SYSTEM ?

    for my other partition [E Drive] i found owner is SYSTEM ... Also in e-drive there is one another admin account that i never created. You can see that in 2nd screenshot... Even that weird named user account doesn't show up in control-panel->user-accounts... Is it created by virus or its created by antivirus? Nod32 offers system theft protection by which it disables user account and creates some ghost account for thief to use when activated this features is activated from net webpage and collects data and webcam pics of thief... I guess may be i ran into this losing access to c-drive issues after i configured this feature.. ? what do u say?

    I'm attaching the screen-shots for your reference.... Plz help me... And if you suggest to change owner of c-drive to system will i be able to do this in normal mode or should do it in safe mode after disabling UAC? Also I'm worried that there won't be any system crash or issues while I change the owner of C-drive from current state... bcoz at present I don't have any major issues.. ?

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