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Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

  1. #90


    Quote Originally Posted by mmmelaney View Post

    "Grant Admin Ownership"
    :
    Updated my post to include the attachments. See next post.
    Last edited by mmmelaney; 27 Apr 2014 at 19:13.

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  2. #91


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  3. #92


    Quote Originally Posted by mmmelaney View Post
    Hi,


    "Grant Admin Ownership"
    : This is a modified version of Take Ownership. I added an icon, and it only shows up when you Shift+right click on your target. It's attached here for anyone to use/modify.

    It gives ownership to the Administrators Group
    instead of the current user in order to clean up the nasty little problems that creep up from changing ownership on the same set of files from many locations (i.e. your personal files.)

    What's nice about this is that you are the owner of the files no matter where you log in from. It's also nice for system files because it reduces the the potential for causing conflicts. However, I could see Microsoft screaming about the possible security holes with system files being owned by ALL Administrators in a system. Personally, I don't worry about stuff like that. It's like locking your bathroom before going to sleep so a burglar doesn't hide there. You'll regret it when you smack your nose on the door at 3a.m!

    ***Update: This command will replace Shawn's tweak if you're running in a normal account. It will not conflict or replace his command if you're running in the Hidden Administrator account. So use my attachments below for Normal Accounts, or Hidden Administrator accounts as labeled. (see Sawn's post for discussion.)

    *Update: Attached my "Take Ownership" command which has an added icon, and the Shift+Right Click option. There is one for Normal Accounts and one for Hidden Administrator account.

    Hope it's handy. Let me know what you think.



    DOWNLOAD:
    Hidden Administrator accounts. Download Both
    Grant Admin Ownership.reg Attachment 42342 (for hidden Administrator Account)
    Take ownership - for Hidden Administrator Account.reg Attachment 42343

    Normal Accounts (Administrator or Standard) Pick one
    Take ownership - for normal accounts.reg Attachment 42341
    or
    Grant Admin Ownership + Restore .exe files - for Normal Accounts.regAttachment 42337
    OR see post here

    Updated again to add attachments for Normal and Hidden Administrator accounts. Also added my version of Take Ownership as companions to "Grant Admin Ownership". Also renamed "Grant Admin Ownership."
    Last edited by mmmelaney; 27 Apr 2014 at 19:15.
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  4. #93


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    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Hey everyone,

    New to Windows 8, was putting it off for as long as I could until my Windows 7 installs couldn't take it anymore. I currently have 2 SSD's and 2 HDD's, Windows 8 is "solitary" on one of the SSD's while the other is for all my programs. The HDD's are for games/media/raw files/etc.

    My problem is my Programs SSD is not allowing me to take ownership of it, or change anything in it at all (Install, Paste items, Change names, etc). I used your reg script, and it failed sadly, I have also tried to manually take ownership of the drive using the Properties > Security > Advanced > Change method and I keep getting a "Failed to enumerate objects in the container.." error on EVERY file it runs across.

    I know for a fact I have Administrator rights, I double checked by making a new account as an admin and getting rid of the other. I have disabled and renabled UAC (not that it matters, gotta cover your bases though I guess), watched numerous videos on the subject, and tried numerous methods and I still cannot get access back to that drive. I was able to install a handful of applications to it before it locked itself down, and it almost always seemed to be after I installed Panda Global Protection 2014. I'm not away of any option in that application that would block access from anything honestly so I'm at a complete loss here now.

    I have had my dad look at it who has worked AEDC (Arnold Airforce Base) as Computer Tech and Security Lead for over 20 years and he doesn't know what else to do either. I'm more of a hardware guy when it comes to computers so this is rough territory for me more or less. If there is anymore info needed on this, please let me know, and thanks in advance for any help!
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  5. #94


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    Hello RTCook, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Is the drive encrypted with BitLocker?

    Are you able to successfully take ownership and grant permission for a single file or folder on the driver?

    In the list of users and groups for permissions of the drive, double check to make sure that it has "Everyone" listed with "Full control" checked for it.

    In "Advanced" security properties, check the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" and "Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object" box to have permissions applied to all contents of the drive.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  6. #95


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    Drive isn't encrypted at all, have reformatted it twice to make sure nothing was left over from my 7 install.

    No I'm not able to take ownership of anything in the drive, I keep getting the error I was talking about earlier. And with the Script, it does nothing, all the files and folders still retain the "SYSTEM" Ownership. When I try to install anything on the drive I get a "Error Writing to file ***" message and I have to cancel the install.

    In the Advance permissions group it has SYSTEM and Admins (Rob_PC\Admins) with Full Control, I can't add anyone else or change anyone elses because of the "Failed to enumerate..." error message and says Access Denied. And as stated before I can't change anything in the Advanced tab because of the same "Failed to enumerate..." message on every file to an eventual "Access is Denied." message from the drive itself. I've tried the method with the "takeown /f /r /d y" > "icacls /grant administrators:F /T" commands in elevated CMD console and still no use (obv what your script is doing).

    I'm running out of ideas and options , I haven't tried running Steam or any other program on my actual HDD's to see if they have the same problem. But I know getting a new background out of my Wallpaper folder on my 2Tb drive asked for Administrator privileges.
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  7. #96


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    In that case, see if you are able to format the drive with FAT32 instead of NTFS to not have any access permission restrictions anymore.

    If you need anything off of the drive first, then you might see if you may be able to use a live Peppermint disc to recover copy anything to another location.

    Peppermint3 - Create Live CD/DVD/USB To Use For Emergency Backup - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8. #97


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    Would that not hinder the performance of the SSD I plan to put all my applications and work software on (Adobe CC, VS, UE4, Unity, etc)? There is only about 6 applications installed on that drive including my Security Suite, so there isn't anything major I need to backup if I want to reformat. Would I be able to format the drive to exFAT which has much better performance than the old FAT32 in Read/Write cycles?

    I haven't had much to do with FAT32 other than external drives using it, and have been building computers for around 12 years now and have always stuck to NTFS for it's safety and performance. I just know FAT32 has it's limits from what I can remember (no bueno for files larger than 4Gb).
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  9. #98


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    Sure you could format it with exFAT as well if the 4GB file size limit would be an issue.
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  10. #99


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    I'm no expert on exFAT, does it have no security limits like FAT32? And not home atm, is exFAT an option for formatting?
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