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See this fix, if you get 'Unable to display current owner' in the Owner name for specific object such as file, folder, registry key etc. in Windows 10/8/7.

In Windows operating system, objects such as files, folder, registry keys etc. have their owner associated. The owner has appropriate permissions to modify object as per his/her need. You can check out owner for specific object by right click on it, select Properties, switch to Security tab and click Advanced. In resulting Advanced Security Settings window, the Owner name should be mentioned after name of object.

But sometimes you may need to deal a situation where owner of object is not available and Windows quotes Unable to display current owner against Owner name as you can see in below screenshot:

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

Following may be the reasons behind this issue:

  • The owner account assigned to object no longer exists.
  • The owner account is hidden or disabled.
  • The owner account is corrupted.
  • You may not even have the permissions to see owner’s name.
  • Windows has hide the owner’s name for security purpose.
  • You’ve disabled inheritance and removed all inherited permissions from the object.

The above mentioned reasons are just indicators what may have cause this problem. The actual root cause may vary system to system. If you’re facing this issue while working with specific object, you can try below mentioned steps to resolve the problem.

FIX: ‘Unable To Display Current Owner’ In Windows 10/8/7

1. Open Advanced Security Settings window, where you’re facing this issue. Click on Change link there.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

2. Next, in Select User or Group, click Advanced button.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

3. In next window, click on Find Now and from Search results, choose your currently logged user account and click OK.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

4. Back in Select User or Group, click OK button.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

5. Then in Advanced Security Settings window, make sure you check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click Apply.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

6. In the security warning appearing next, select Yes.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

7. Then in the security information displayed, click OK, then click OK and close Advanced Security Settings window.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

8. Finally, reopen Advanced Security Settings window and you must be able to see current owner for the object.

FIX Unable To Display Current Owner In Windows 10

To illustrate this fix, refer this video:

Hope this helps!

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