How to Take Ownership of Files in Windows 7

If your are replacing or changing system files in Windows 7 and Vista then first you have to take ownership of the file and then grant your username full control of the file. Taking ownership of system files or folders in Windows 7 or Vista is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps.
Taking ownership of a file is very essential when you want to replace or edit system folders or files. Though there are many ways to take ownership of files, running a simple registry script is the easiest one.

In this method, we will merge a registry file with Windows Registry to get an option named “Take Ownership” in the Right-click menu. This is the simplest and quick method.

  1. Download the file from here.
  2. Extract the RAR file to the Desktop or any folder to get a file named “Ownership.reg”. Note that if you want to see the extension “.reg” you need to enable it in “Folder Options” but it’s not necessary.
  3. Right-click on Ownership.reg file and select Merge option.
  4. Click “Yes” for the User Account Prompt (UAC) and then again click “Yes” for the Registry Editor pop up and then click “OK” when you get the successful message.
  5. Now, you will see a new option named Take Ownership when you right-click on a file or folder.
  6. Right-click on folder/file for which you want to take ownership and select Take Ownership option to take ownership of the file or folder.

Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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