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Windows 7: Take Ownership Shortcut

26 Mar 2011   #130

Windows 7

Thanks Brink. I am having issues with the ownership with my Downloads directory. It looks like my AV did some changes to it. I have used the app to select ownership of the folder, which I already was. Full Control is ticked and I have also added "Everyone". I know from previous experience when removing some directories, say, Adobe, I had to go to each individual subfolder and mess around to delete the folders. However, in my case, an online AV can't read the files in the directory yet I have and always had full ownership.

Any suggestions? Or is it a trial and error process?

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26 Mar 2011   #131

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


What's the path to your Downloads directory?

Is it the C:\Users\Public\Downloads folder? If so, did you allow "Full Control" for "Everyone"?
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26 Mar 2011   #132

Windows 7

Hi Brink, it's C:\Users\Download. Full Control to Everyone was given.
I am not happy with the upgrade/repair installation. I am going to do a follow-up post in the Repair/Upgrade thread.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Mar 2011   #133

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Try using the C:\Users\Public\Downloads folder instead to see if it will work better for you. It allows access to all accounts by default.
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11 Apr 2011   #134

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

Just found this and it worked great for deleting some wallpapers (C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Scenes) that only trustedinstaller had access! Thanks OP & Brink!
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25 Apr 2011   #135


I downloaded the zip file, extracted "Add take ownership" right clicked it and left clicked MERGE. It opened in NOTEBOOK without doing anything else. DID NOT alter the REGISTRY. If I double click it opens in NOTEBOOK. Properties show that it is a .reg file. What might be wrong?
Doing this in W7 Home.
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25 Apr 2011   #136

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Mariner,

Sounds like your .reg file associations got messed up. You would just need to check in Default Programs to set the reg file extension to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe). Afterwards, try merging the REG file again. :)
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01 May 2011   #137

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

It works for install TTS files!

System protected Folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\SpeechEngines\Microsoft\TTS20

Originally I cannot add / move folders into this folder. Finally with the aid of the program it works like a charm.
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19 May 2011   #138

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64Bit

Hi Brink,

I just tried this on a friends new Windows Se7en SP1 Home Premium PC and I notice that although it had added the option to the menu, for some strange reason, it also made the "Take Ownership" option the default action for double clicking directories. That is, when I double click a directory, instead of it simply opening up; it starts taking ownership of the directory. This also seems to be affecting restoring of previously opened Windows on startup; instead of re-opening the Windows; it starts taking ownership of them.

Would you know a way of making "Open" the default double click action for directories again without removing the take ownership option?

THanks in advance; please reply ASAP.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 May 2011   #139

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Raashid,

That is a strange one. I'm not sure what may have happened, but it's not possible for the REG files in this tutorial to do that. It doesn't affect the double click, single click, or Open option at all. They do not do that at all on my system.

See if downloading and merging the Directory and Folder options in the tutorial below may be able to fix this for you. Afterwards, you may need to merge the Add_Take_Ownership.reg again though to add "Take Ownership" back to directories.

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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