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

  1. #70


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    I did not "deny" permissions by mistake, but did it like a noob, when i was trying to accomplish a specific task.
    Anyways, thanks again for the help!

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  2. #71


    with regard to the Warning: "WarningDO NOT take ownership of the Windows 8 C: drive.
    Doing so, could result in Windows 8 becoming very unstable."

    Is it simply fair to say that the "Administrators" should have ownership of the drive where Windows 8 is installed; eg; C:

    thank you
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  3. #72


    Posts : 22,031
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello BFB,

    Some system files will not behave properly if the owner was changed from "System" to "Administrators". Plus, you will get a few errors when trying to take ownership of C:.

    For this main reason is why I would not recommend to take ownership of C:, but to only take ownership of specific files as needed instead.

    To each their own though.
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  4. #73


    Posts : 41
    Windows 8.1 x64


    hi shawn
    just noticed while doing it
    that the note and screenshot under step 7
    in option four
    should be between steps 6 and 7
    (before clicking the advanced button)
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  5. #74


    Posts : 22,031
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Hannelius,

    They look correct to me. Are you sure of the steps and options in the tutorial?
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  6. #75


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I've noticed that taking ownership doesn't help in some cases.

    So I right click something & click Properties & click the Security tab to change ownership there.
    Most of the time taking ownership works without having to do that.

    An example would be the folder containing system restore points.
    Right clicking & taking ownership didn't work for me.
    I had to change ownership in Properties/Security tab.

    Even though I took ownership of System Volume Information I had to use the Security tab to take ownership of things in the folder.

    Click image for larger version
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  7. #76


    Posts : 41
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    They look correct to me. Are you sure of the steps and options in the tutorial?
    i wrote that as i was doing it...
    fortaking ownership of a registry key
    i saw that when you do step 5 and click change
    to type in the name of the owner
    the window that appears is the one under step 7
    before you click advanced if you need to...
    but i can see you put it there to show where the advanced button was...

    i used your tutorial on getting rid of the network link
    in the explorer pane and the save window
    cause i kept clicking it all the time
    which led me over here... thank you...

    i used your taking ownership with delay reg file
    and took ownership of the entire WindowsApps folder
    to see what was in it... a lot...
    that shouldn't have been there cause i uninstalled it...
    took a while but it worked...
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  8. #77


    Posts : 22,031
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, ok. Yep, the screenshot under the step was there to help show you what you would see for that step.

    I'm glad to hear that you got the rest sorted.
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  9. #78


    Posts : 22,031
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I've noticed that taking ownership doesn't help in some cases.

    So I right click something & click Properties & click the Security tab to change ownership there.
    Most of the time taking ownership works without having to do that.

    An example would be the folder containing system restore points.
    Right clicking & taking ownership didn't work for me.
    I had to change ownership in Properties/Security tab.

    Even though I took ownership of System Volume Information I had to use the Security tab to take ownership of things in the folder.

    Click image for larger version
    Hey David,

    The "Take Ownership" context menu changes the owner to the "Administrators" group and grants "Administrators" full control of the item.

    However, on system files or folders where you see this below in their security properties, the owner would have to be changed to your account instead of "Administrators" before you gain access. Strange, but it won't let you any other way that I know of either.

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  10. #79


    About this: Favorites - Change Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I don't understand how to take ownership of the registry key (I'm on Windows 8.1):
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\DefaultIcon

    Please, help... I don't understand what to do.
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