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Windows 7: Take Ownership Shortcut

18 Dec 2014   #290
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tony Davies View Post
I have only one account on my PC, and it is an Administrator account. The Read-only attributes on files in my C:/Users/Tony folder wouldn't change, so I used the Take Ownership shortcut to give me Administrator privileges over them (or so I thought).

Now I cannot access any of the files in the C:/Users/Tony folder! Yes - Duh!! I've tried System Restore to an earlier date, but this hasn't worked.

Is there a way to effectively reverse taking ownership?

Any help would be very gratefully received!

Tony

Hello Tony, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As you found out, system restore does not include user profile folders.

By default, you are already the owner of your own "C:/Users/Tony" profile folder and it's contents.

Are you sure the files are read-only?

Read-only File and Folder Attribute

What do you see for it's permission settings?

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

As a test for now, use step 6 in the tutorial on the first page to remove "Take Ownership" to see if that may help if you used the .exe option.


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18 Dec 2014   #291
Tony Davies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hello, Brink

Yes: I misunderstood the meaning of the shaded box (="Default neutral setting that is always displayed"). I thought it meant that some of the folder contents were read-only. However, this is a minor issue now.

Having run "Take Ownership" with all the files and folders contained in the C:\users\tony folder, programmes will not work, since they cannot access those files.

<<As a test for now, use step 6 in the tutorial on the first page to remove "Take Ownership" to see if that may help if you used the .exe option.>> I have run RemoveTakeOwnership and it no longer appears in the context menu.

But how can I reverse whatever changes were made to files and folders?

Tony
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18 Dec 2014   #292
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If you used the Take Ownership option for .exe files, it sometimes may cause an issue with .exe files opening in Windows 8, so I just wanted to test and make sure that wasn't part of the issue in Windows 7.

The context menu changes the owner to be the "administrators" group, and sets permissions to "Allow" administrators "Full control".

Double check the permissions of your files to make sure that your account is set to "Allow" "Full control" of them.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups
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18 Dec 2014   #293
Tony Davies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I've checked the permissions at various stages down the folder tree: they all appear to give full permissions. I attach five .jpg files showing:
  • the Security/Advanced Permissions tab for the c:\Users\Tony folder (the top of the affected tree)
  • the Security/Advanced Permissions tab for an email file (at C:\Users\Tony\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\dadavies...)
  • the Security tab for that file showing permissions for SYSTEM
  • the Security tab for that file showing permissions for Tony
  • the Security tab for that file showing permissions for Administrators
I have tried to locate a log that Take Ownership might have generated, but without success. Will there be one?

I confirm that my email program will not recognise any content, and displays the empty, basic folders. When it does, it might indicate that we've got a solution!

Tony


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Take Ownership Shortcut-users_tony-security-advanced.jpg Take Ownership Shortcut-security-system.jpg Take Ownership Shortcut-security-tony.jpg Take Ownership Shortcut-security-administrators.jpg 
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18 Dec 2014   #294
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I don't see anything out of order. What and how are you doing when you get the access denied error for them? Please post some screenshots to see if anything may stand out.
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18 Dec 2014   #295
Brakus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brakus View Post
I added the Take Ownership reg, but it removed the Run as Administrator option from files as well including .EXEs. It also didn't allow me to edit or copy the Autorun.inf file that I ran Take Ownership on.

Support would be appreciated.
Thanks
Hello Brakus,

You can use step 6 to remove "Take Ownership", and restore "Run as administrator" for .exe files.

Afterwards, you may need to manually take ownership and set permissions of the Autorun.inf file for your account.

Take Ownership of file

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Thanks for the responce Brink, but I did delete the .reg file from where I had downloaded it and it did not restore run as administrator to .exe files. It is actual inhibiting me from running installers on my PC as when they request administrator access it just runs take ownership instead, and halts the installation. The only option is to hit enter which closes CMD and ends installation.
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19 Dec 2014   #296
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case since you don't know where you added "Take Ownership" from, you might see if the tutorial below may be able to restore "Run as administrator" for executable files.

Run as Administrator - Add or Remove from Context Menu in Windows 7
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22 Dec 2014   #297
Tony Davies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hello, Brink
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
What and how are you doing when you get the access denied error for them? Please post some screenshots to see if anything may stand out.
I am just running (some) programs when they do not complete. Some work, others bring up errors, which I've captured in 9 screen snips, enclosed in the attached .zip file. As well as these errors, problems with Internet Explorer include: not keeping/recognising cookies, and not recording/recognising History.
I've three particular questions:
1) Does the installed Add_Take_Ownership program produce a dump or log file when run?
2) You will know what the installed program changes in the Registry when run: can the program be reverse-engineered to restore the Registry to what it was before, if we have an idea of what was replaced? (and would a back-up copy of the Registry help)?
3) Are the changes contained solely in the Registry or in the files themselves (ie. would copying the files and pasting them back into a newly-installed Windows be a possible solution?)

Tony


Attached Files
File Type: zip Tony Davies - Screen Snips.zip (221.5 KB, 38 views)
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22 Dec 2014   #298
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey Tony,

Q1) The "Take Ownership" context menu doesn't create a dump or log.

Q2) If you mean the .reg files for the "Take Ownership" context menu, then step 6 will remove it from the context menu. you could undo changes made when using "Take Ownership" by manually setting the owner and permission back to what they were before, or to do a system restore using a restore point dated before the change. A restore point will not affect anything in your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folders though.

Q3) When you use the "Take Ownership" context menu on a file, it only affects the owner and permission settings of the file itself. There are no registry changes made. If you copy and paste the files to a NTFS (not FAT32) formatted partition, then the permissions will carry over with them, but you would not want to do that with Windows system files.

The issues in your screenshots seem to be related to something else though. As a test, create another user account, and see how everything works while logged in to the new account.
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09 Jan 2015   #299
PamelaLynn

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
thank you

works perfectly
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