In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you might need to take ownership of files on your computer, therefore this take ownership shortcut is a great tool for you. Even if you are signed in as an administrator, sometimes you will see a message saying “access denied” when you try to open a file or folder. This is highly annoying and as I stated, to take ownership of the file is a nightmare.
This is why I suggest you use this registry edit that adds a take ownership shortcut to your right click menu. This means that when you come across a file you cannot open, you can simply right click on it and choose to take ownership from the menu. It is a hell of a lot easier than going through about 6 steps to change the take ownership permissions.
Please note: I have written a previous article about adding links to the right click menu, however this post is about taking ownership of files.
How to take ownership of a file on your computer?
I will tell you these six steps for taking ownership of a file but it can get a bit confusing.
- The first thing you need to do is be logged in and it as an administrator of your computer.
- You will need to locate the file that you want to change, right click on it, and select properties from the menu.
- Now you need to go to the Security tab, and down below press on the advanced button.
- Click on the owner tab above and then click on the edit button. If you did not login as an administrator you will be asked to type the password.
- You will see a change owner box. Select your name to make you the owner. This works for a single file.
- If you want to take ownership of an entire folder and all of its contents click on “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.
Now I am seriously tired from just writing down all of those steps and this is why I like to use the take ownership shortcut in the right click menu. Are you convinced?
How to add take ownership to your right click menu?
Take a good look at this screenshot below. I have right click on a file and in the menu there is an option to take ownership. This is the easy way to take ownerI couldgive you the step-by-step instructions, but why would I bother when you can simply download a registry file that will automatically change your registry settings.
Here is the file to download. This is one registry file to add the take ownership to the right click menu and there is another file to remove it. This is a zip file. Download here.
You simply have to double click on the file to install it to registry. Then when you right click on a file you can simply choose to take ownership.
You might get a secutrity warning like the one pictured below, however you just need to press Run. Then you will probably be asked to confirm this change again.
The following dialog box will appear show that the registry key has been entered into your Windows registry.
Notes about adding take ownership to your right click menu:
- Make sure all REG files are associated with the Registry and not with Notepad because when you double-click on the file it would open notepad and not the registry.
- You can also do this manually but when taking ownership of folders make sure you tick “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” so you can have ownership of all files contained in the folders.
- Choosing to run as Administrator is not the same as logging in as an admin.
This is an easy way to take ownership of your files on a Windows Vista or a Windows Seven Computer.