Take ownership of files in Windows 8 – Simple How To

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

If you want to take ownership of some protected files in Windows 8, you will need to know a few things that differ from Windows 7.

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Taking ownership of files in Windows 8

In Windows 8 you can only assign ownership manually. In Windows 7 it was possible to select a new owner from a pre-defined list of user accounts running on the PC. In the last Windows 8 build (developer preview) this is a bit more complicated.

1. Step Open a folder with protected system files

2. Step Right-click on a file and click on Properties

3. Step Go to the tab Security

4. Step Click on Permissions to take ownership of the file

Windows 8 Security Permissions of Files

5. Step At the top click on the hyperlink Change owner:

Change ownership of file

6. Step Now enter the username of your account. In my case “sOliver” and optionally click on Check names to verify that the name is correct

Enter new owner

7. Step It should now list YOU as the owner of the file. CLICK ON APPLY

took ownership

8. Step Obligatory notice

ownership notice

9. Step Select your username from the list (back on the Security tab) and click on Edit. Confirm the UAC prompt

Edit Windows 8 file permissions

10. StepSelect your username again and check the box Full Control

full control over files

11. Click on Apply

12. Great, you’re now the owner and you have full control over the file. You can rename the file and move it wherever you want.

It’s easy to take ownership of files in Windows 8 and edit the user permissions. However, this can sometimes be a real headache and troublesome. If you’re having problems taking ownership of files let us know what’s bugging you.

In time we will post a useful script to add this whole procedure to the context menu, so you don’t have to do it over and over again.


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Written by: Oliver Krautscheid
Oliver is the founder and lead editor of this site. He is interested in finding new ways to break Windows, find common errors and help others to fix them. Aside from that, he loves to fully customize systems with Rainmeter and Dreamscene, find out more about ancient civilizations like the Chachapoya, sharpen his digital photography skills and create software with a small group of selected developers. If you would like to connect with him to discuss anything, send him a mail!

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2 Responses to Take ownership of files in Windows 8 – Simple How To

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Erin said:

    I have to go through this process for over 1000 photos. Imagine my joy. My next operating system will be a Mac

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Erin said:

    It’s not working… I can’t retrieve my photos. Now what!!!!!????

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