We saw how to Take Ownership of a file or folder using the takeown.exe command-line tool. You can add “Take Ownership” command to the right-click menu for much easier access.
Download take_ownership_context_menu.zip, unzip and run the enclosed REG file.
Contents of the REG file
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;Add Take Ownership command to the context menu ;Take ownership of a file/folder, and provide "Administrators" group Full Control permissions. ;For Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas] @="Take Ownership" "NoWorkingDirectory"="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command] @="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F" [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas] @="Take Ownership" "NoWorkingDirectory"="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command] @="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
That’s it. It’s much easier now to take ownership of a file or folder without manually opening the Command Prompt window every time.
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