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

  1. #60

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    64-bit Windows 10

    You're welcome. Glad to have helped.

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  2. #61

    Posts : 4
    Windows 7

    Can ownership of registry key be taken from the command line?
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  3. #62

    Posts : 22,499
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello svnpenn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can, but it's involved to do so. The Microsoft KB articles below can help show you more on this.

    How to: Use a Script to Change Registry Permissions from the Command Line

    How to change registry values or permissions from a command line or a script

    Hope this helps,
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  4. #63

    Mumbai INDIA
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Home

    Excellent...Brink, you have made my day....cheers
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  5. #64

    Posts : 1
    win 8.1

    Fantastic !
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  6. #65

    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition

    Great tutorial Brink. You've just saved my life there after I made a stupid stupid stupid mistake last night .


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  7. #66

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64

    Hi Brink!
    This is a great guide, and helped me gain access to a folder, but I am still unable to access the files which are inside a subfolder, which itself is in the main folder, for which i ran the command.
    Basically what I did was: Right click a folder named " abc " > Properties > Security > Click the edit button > Deny all permissions to "Users" group (what a noob mistake) And now even administrator cannot access that folder with the message 'You currently don't have permission to access this folder'

    So, after reading this guide, I ran the following command: takeown /F "full path of folder or drive" /R /D Y ​(with the correct path) After using this command, I am able to access the folder and even subfolders, but not able to open any of the files inside both, the folder and subfolders.

    What can I do, to take ownership of Everything inside a folder? All its subfolders, files, the folders and files inside the subfolders, everthing?

    Hope I did not mess up with my question
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  8. #67

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Blueman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That's correct. You would need to take ownership and set permissions for the parent folder, and check the Replace owner of subcontainers and objects box to apply to all subfolders and files using step 11 in Option Four.

    Hope this helps,
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  9. #68

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64

    Thanks for the reply!
    I can't do that, as when i try to do that, it says that I do not have the permissions to do that(replace owner of subcontainer and objects)
    The above is not possible because I have denied EVERY permission to every user.
    But, after whole day searching for a solution to this, I finally found the answer.
    Here is what I just found on the internet
    To fix really broken permissions, the best is to run these two commands one after the other:
    takeown /f "C:\path\to\folder" /r
    icacls "C:\path\to\folder" /reset /T
    The first one will give you ownership of all the files, however that might not be enough, for example if all the files have the read/write/exec permissions set to "deny". You own the files but still cannot do anything with them.
    In that case, run the second command, which will fix the broken permissions.
    But anyways, ultra thanks for your help. I am amazed by your helpful nature
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  10. #69

    Posts : 22,499
    64-bit Windows 10

    After taking ownership, you would indeed need to set permissions to "Allow" you "Full control" first, then check the box to apply to all subfolders and files.

    It's not common for "Deny" to be checked unless done so by mistake.

    I'm glad to hear that you got it sorted though. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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