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    Take Ownership Shortcut

    Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu of Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows
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    Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu of Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows


       Information
    This tutorial will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows.

    This will allow you to be able to instantly take ownership of a file, folder (and all contents), or drive (and all contents) by changing the owner to the current user and grant the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full access permission.

    You must be an administrator to be able to add, remove, and use the "Take Ownership" context menu.

       Note
    Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will continue to have Run as administrator instead of Take Ownership in their context menu.



    When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, and click/tap on Take Ownership, you may be prompted by UAC for permission to do so first.

    If a user is logged in as an administrator, then the user would just click/tap on Yes to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the current administrator user account. Permissions would be set to allow the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

    If a user is logged in as a standard user, then the user would need to enter a selected administrator's password to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the selected administrator account, and not the standard user. Permissions would be set to allow the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full control of the file, folder, or drive.



    The Take Ownership context menu will not be available when you right click on the C: drive, C:\Program Files folder, C:\Program Files (x86) folder, C:\ProgramData folder, C:\Users folder, and C:\Windows folder. This was done because taking ownership of these system folders can make Windows unstable since it would also take ownership of all the folder's content at the same time.

    You will still be able to use the Take Ownership context menu of files inside the folder locations above.

    If you would like to have a custom location(s) of your own to not have the context menu, then please feel free to post a request in this tutorial thread. I'll be happy to post back with a custom .reg file for it.

       Warning
    This context menu will only work with English Windows installations.

    If you have a different language, then please post a reply with what language you have instead. I'll be happy to post back a translated version for you.


    EXAMPLE: Take Ownership in Context Menu

    Take Ownership Shortcut-example.jpg




    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu

       Note
    Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will still have Run as administrator instead of Take Ownership in the context menu when you use this step.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_Take_Ownership_to_context_menu


    Download

    3. To Add "Take Ownership" with Pause to Context Menu

       Note
    This option pauses the command when you use the "Take Ownership" context menu to be able to see the command results. This can be handy to verify setting ownership and permissions was successful or not.

    Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will still have Run as administrator instead of Take Ownership in the context menu when you use this step.


    Take Ownership Shortcut-take_ownership_pause.jpg


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_Take_Ownership_with_Pause_to_context_menu.reg


    Download

    4. To Remove "Take Ownership" from Context Menu

       Note
    This is the default setting, and will also restore the default Run as administrator for .exe files.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Take_Ownership_from_context_menu.reg


    Download

    5. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

    6. Double click on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn








  • Posts : 246
    Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
       #1

    Wow, that helps tremendously.

    Thanks for the information!
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  • Posts : 61
    Windows 7 Ultimate RTM x64
       #2

    Thanks you, very useful :)
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  • Posts : 178
    Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
       #3

    AWESOME. Very very handy. Thanks
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  • Posts : 269
    Windows 7
       #4

    thanks great tool, will use this more offten. Cheers
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  • Posts : 61
    Windows 7 Ultimate RTM x64
       #5

    If I take ownership of the Sidebar folder, can i see the gadgets? even if im not logged on Administrator Account? Thanks :)
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  • Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello Solid004,

    No need to. For the locations, see: Gadgets - Add or Remove from Desktop

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  • Posts : 61
    Windows 7 Ultimate RTM x64
       #7

    Thanks you very much Brink
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  • Posts : 11
    windows 7
       #8

    Thanks ; keep up the good work
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  • Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Brink said:
    Hello Solid004,

    No need to. For the locations, see: Gadgets - Add or Remove from Desktop

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Solid004 said:
    Thanks you very much Brink
    You're welcome Solid.
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