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

  1. #50


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    Quote Originally Posted by fanwin View Post
    yes, unable to delete any of the old files except created just now...
    If not already, manually take ownership of and set permissions of each individual file instead of the folder or drive to see if you may be able to delete them in either an elevated command prompt or command prompt at boot afterwards.

    Be sure to also "disable inherited permissions" of each added file. This will strip the permissions of the file inherited from the folder or drive, and only have explicit permissions for the file itself left.
    Last edited by Brink; 02 Apr 2013 at 08:17. Reason: added quote

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  2. #51


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If not already, manually take ownership of and set permissions of each individual file instead of the folder or drive to see if you may be able to delete them in either an elevated command prompt or command prompt at boot afterwards.

    Be sure to also "disable inherited permissions" of each added file. This will strip the permissions of the file inherited from the folder or drive, and only have explicit permissions for the file itself left.
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    some luck through "cmd at boot"
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    Before running this command "System Volume Information" has user-admin permissions (my-name/administrator), I've logged into CMD with my user/admin account, there I got the message "Access Denied" for my every command. But to my surprise when logged into built-in-administrator, the following command worked like a charm

    DEL /F /S /Q /A "E:\System Volume Information\folder2delete\*", when I logged back into windows normally, I could see all folders empty (0 bytes, 1346 folders)...thanks at least it has freed up my space around 12 GB, I wanted to try it on other folders too..no luck....able to delete only one folder
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    RD /S /Q " Full path " is also not working to remove the entire folders

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    then I thought giving owner permissions to built-in-admin in windows mode, went back to CMD, this time "access denied" welcomes again for every entry..
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    I already tried manually taking ownership for each folder is already been tried before coming to this forum..
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    now I'm thinking of the culprit/corrupted file "tracker.log", If I could delete/rename this file, I can successfully get the ownership of D:\System Volume Information", (It may not be possible though, when I tried with XP/7, it should has at least one tracker file for windows running session, unless restore is off)
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    trials goes..on ...and on....and on....and on...
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  3. #52


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It sounds like you may not be opening an "elevated" command prompt, but just a normal "unelevated" one instead. You will need to right click on the command prompt shortcut or cmd.exe file, and click on "Run as administrator" first.

    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
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  4. #53

    I did it in CMD prompt


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It sounds like you may not be opening an "elevated" command prompt, but just a normal "unelevated" one instead. You will need to right click on the command prompt shortcut or cmd.exe file, and click on "Run as administrator" first.

    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8

    I was able do that all things by using "Command Prompt at Boot" (Win8/Advanced Tools), not in windows itself. Do we have elevated in boot mode also...
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  5. #54


    Posts : 22,272
    64-bit Windows 10


    Command prompt at boot is outside Windows, so it's more than elevated.
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  6. #55


    Appreciate ALL the tutorials Brink.
    I was working thru this one How to Add or Remove "Libraries" from the Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer
    and step 4 sent me to this one.

    When I try to take ownership of Shell Folder my choices don't match yours exactly and I know better than assume anything while working in registry.

    what should I do to continue taking ownership of the Shell Folder?
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  7. #56


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ron,

    No worries. It's normal for the listed groups and accounts to vary a bit for what you are trying to set permissions of.

    For what you are wanting to do, you would set permissions for the Administrators group to allow "Full control" of the ShellFolder key.
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  8. #57


    Posts : 7
    Win 8

    Single user


    On my home desktop I am the only user and am the "Administrator".
    It looks like this precludes ever having to change ownership. Is that true?

    BTW, the system occasionally asks for permission to perform the operation that I had requested, such as moving files. Is there a method to turn off those requests? I am willing to take the risk of having to correct the errors.
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  9. #58


    Posts : 22,272
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Helek, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    No. System files are restricted, so you would still have to take ownership and apply permissions for these if you ever wanted to modify them.

    The request for permission is for the same reason that system files are restricted and you must give elevated permission to allow.

    Your account is an unelevated administrator, and you would still need to say YES to UAC to give elevated permission when asked.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  10. #59


    Posts : 7
    Win 8

    Single user 2


    Yes that does help.
    Thanks!
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