We've all experienced It at some point during our computational tasks- attempting to move, edit or copy a given file or folder, only to receive a permission error by the operating system, thus preventing such actions from taking place. In the majority of cases, It's a matter of reclaiming the file by way of taking ownership to allow full access. This can be a difficult task at the best of times, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Take Ownership option to the right-click menu.
The traditional way of reclaiming a file (or folder) that the OS doesn't want you to alter, Is to go Into the file's Advanced Security Settings, and add permissions from there to allow full control thereafter as per the Image below.
Unless you know exactly what you're doing, this can be an arduous task In applying every setting and permission accordingly. As such, I will demonstrate how to add the Take Ownership option to the right-click menu, thereby you can reclaim ownership with a click of the mouse.
To do this, I will use a neat little Registry file, that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry and Immediately apply the Take Ownership option to the right-click context menu. I have provided the download links to the Registry file, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:When you've downloaded the file, extract It's contents to a folder of your choice, and then double-click the Add Take Ownership.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.
Step Two:A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry, so click OK to finalize the process.
Step Three:I've now right-clicked on my folder named Windows 10 Tips, and as you can see, the Take Ownership option Is readily available In the context menu. Perfect!
Last Step:In the event you change your mind and want to remove Take Ownership from the right-click context menu, double-click the Remove Take Ownership.reg file and hit Yes.
Final Thoughts:Do note, that the Take Ownership option Is not available In every directory and drive that you happen to right-click. For Instance, to prevent system Instability and/or loss of functionality, It's purposely disabled on the C Drive (OS Drive), Inclusive of the Users, Program Files, ProgramData and Windows folders In the same (C) directory.
Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link AnonFiles:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link 4shared:
Direct Link Sabercathost: