How can I take ownership of files?

A. A. Sometimes you may want to take ownership of files/directories, usually as someone has removed all access on a resource and can't see it. You would log on as the Administrator and take ownership. You cannot give ownership to someone else using standard NT functionality, only take ownership.

  1. Log on as Administrator or a member of the Admins group
  2. Start Explorer
  3. Right click on the file/directory and select properties
  4. Select the Security tab and click Ownership
  5. Click "Take Ownership" and then click Yes to the prompt

TAGS: Windows 8
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