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Published: June 9, 2012 | Applies to:

This all in one guide will help you to take ownership of a file, folder, drive or registry key from TrustedInstaller in Windows 8 or later.

UPDATE : You can easily take and restore ownership of registry keys using RegOwnershipEx.

Sometimes it becomes very necessary for a Windows user to take the ownership of a file in order to complete the work. Suppose you want to edit the default text for Charms Bar ( + C).

All the settings of Charms Bar default text are stored in a file named twinui.dll.mui, which is placed under System32 folder of Windows drive.

Moving on, if you’ve finished tweaking this file with your customized strings using third party tool like Resource Hacker, then you need to replace the tweaked file with default one, to get the desired results. In that case, you have to take some special permissions from Windows to do that.

How To : Take Ownership For File, Folder, Drive, Registry Key

This phenomenon is called as “taking ownership”. By default Windows sets ownership and full permission control to TrustedInstaller. Now lets see how to take and restore ownership from this TrustedInstaller

Using Elevated Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

2. Use following commands to take ownership:

For taking ownership of file for currently logged user : takeown /F “full path of file”

For taking ownership of file for group of administrator : takeown /F “full path of file” /A

For taking ownership of folder/drive for currently logged user : takeown /F “full path of folder/drive /R

For taking ownership of folder/drive for group of administrator : takeown /F “full path of folder/drive /A /R

By Adding “Take Ownership” To Right Context Menu

This is the simplest and safest bet to play for taking ownership. It will save you time and extra work. Just download them and run, that’s it.

To add the “Take Ownership”, download following registry and run it:

Download Link

To remove “Take Ownership” from context menu, run following registry:

Download Link

Taking Ownership Manually

If you are looking for taking ownership of a file or folder or drive manually, then here is the working way. Follow each step carefully.

1. Right click on target object whose ownership you want to take. Pick Properties. Switch to Security tab.

1.1 If you are looking for taking ownership of any registry key in Registry Editor, right click on that key and select Permissions. Now proceed as directed in next steps.

2. Obviously the default owner is TrustedInstaller. Click on Change in below window.

3. Then click Advanced in Select User or Group window.

4. Previous step yields below shown window, click Find Now.

5. Now we have the search results here, pick your user name, click OK.

6. Then click OK in Select User or Group window as well.

7. Thus you have successfully changed the owner.

As you can see in above image, there is option for Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. If you uncheck it, you’ll get:

If you check this option, you and the correct owner who just has taken ownership will be able to grant access permission for that object. Press Yes, that’s it.

 

How To : Restore Ownership For File, Folder, Drive, Registry Key

To remove yourself as owner of object and give its control to default owner, you need to restore ownership which you have taken earlier using any of above illustrated method. Use following registries to restore ownership.

You can add “Restore Ownership” to right click context menu by running following registry:

Add Restore Ownership option registry

You can removeRestore Ownership” to right click context menu by running following registry:

Remove Restore Ownership option registry

P.S. : Never bother to take ownership of Windows drive (C: Drive usually), it yields unstable OS and may result in serious causes to your installation.

Hope you find the article helpful!


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16 Comments

  • gud article… thanks 4 share

  • hi kapil, i can’t take the ownership of a f: drive of my computer

    takeown /F “F:“ /R

    Plz. help

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Hi ODIO,

    You’re almost there, type takeown /F “F:“ /R instead of takeown /F “F:“ /R.

  • thanks bro ,. is there any way to set all the permissions to default owner for whole windows?

  • How Can I Remove Windows.old folder after refresh?????

    Thnkxxx…

  • @ Olivia Mayers, use this command:

    RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%windows.old

  • Thanks Kapil for gr8 guide.

  • Thanks!!

    Works 100%

  • hi,kapil sir my problem is in c-drive.but to take ownership of c-drive is risk.so what to do.in my registry editor its showing its showing c-drive in front of load.

  • Sorry, but “takeown /F “full path of file”” is not running. I get back the answer “access denied”. Please help.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Make sure you’re the administrator of system and running administrative Command Prompt.

  • hii there, how to remove the take ownership ?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Merge this registry: http://get.kapilarya.com/Remove-Take-Ownership.reg

  • takedown is not recognized as internal or external command

  • Help! Need to restore TrustedInstaller as owner of C: Drive
    this is from SMCBEAN i also did the same PLS HELP i everyone:

    So I did something stupid without doing enough research on the topic. I just upgraded to windows 10 and tried to delete a folder in programs on my C: drive. Long story short I was denied access and misinterpreted another article that I read and ended up changing my C: drive owner from TrustedInstaller to myself and that included all folders and subfolders and files. I realised my mistake too late, now I’m freaking out because, another article says, under no circumstances should you change the owner of the C: drive. Also it is still denying me access to delete that same specific folder (folder is irrelevant, nothing important) in programs. Now I don’t know what to do or how to change the owner back as I don’t know what TrustedInstaller was in charge of. Could someone please help me if possible? Thank you.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Unfortunately, it’s not possible to restore ownership to TrustedInstaller for each file/folder on your system root drive. I suggest you to take backup of your data and make clean install: http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-make-clean-install-of-windows-10

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