After introducing the User Account Control in Windows Vista, Microsoft increased the security of its core system files by hardening its Effective Permissions. Most times, to replace a System file, rename a System folder or a folder under the root C drive, you have to take ownership of the file or folder. Windows 7 on-wards, system files and folders are owned by the Trusted Installer. So, even members of the Administrators group are restricted from modifying objects in it or changing permissions unless they have the ownership.
With the release of Windows 8 Microsoft has changed the way to Take Ownership a bit. On Windows 7, it is pretty much the same as what we saw in the previous versions of Windows. There isn’t much difference even now – just that the screen has changed a bit and the way we take control has been changed, but the command line still remains the same. For instance on Windows 7 you have an Owner tab.
But here is a quick and easy way to get around the problems caused by Ownership
Taking ownership of system files or folders in Windows 7 or Vista is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps.
Thankfully somebody created a registry hack that will give you a menu item for “Take Ownership” that will handle all the steps for you. (If you are the person that originally made this script, let me know and I’ll give you credit)
Here’s what the new right-click menu will look like after installing this registry hack.
Download and unzip the files contained in the zipfile. Double-click the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts. No reboot necessary.
Double-click the RemoveTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts. No reboot necessary.
Download File TakeOwnership.zip
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