How to Take Ownership of a Folder in Windows 10 Using File Explorer

How to Take Ownership of a Folder in Windows 10

Using File Explorer

hello this is Christopher with Puget
systems creating this video here today
to show how to take ownership of a file
and then change the permissions not
something you usually need but it can

come up if say you’ve hooked up an
external drive to your system from
another computer and you don’t have
access to the file or if you’re trying
to change a system file that you need to

change for you know maybe there’s a
something broken in Windows in any case
just to use this as an example I’m going
to use the hosts file and I’ve already

brought it up in a folder here and I’ll
show you how to do this so first things
first you’re going to want to
right-click the file in question and
click properties you’re going to get the
properties for the file and you’re going
to want to click on the security tab and
what we’re going to do is we’re going to

go down to take ownership of this right
now there’s not a whole lot we can do
with it so we’re going to go to advanced
we’re going to click up here you see
it’s got that honors system right now

we’re going to click Change and we’re
going to click advanced here make this
whole advanced window and next we’re
just going to click find now this is
going to do is it’s going to give us a
list of the users that the system
detects and we’re going to go ahead and

click Chris because that’s my username
and we’re going to click OK and finally
we’re going to click OK again now this
is going to make me the owner of the

file which is good I want to go ahead
and apply this it’s going to give you a
prompt telling you that you’re going to
need to close these windows before you
can make changes to it when you just
click OK run a click OK again and went
to click OK again now we’ve just taken
ownership of the file but we can’t do

anything with it yet if we want to you
know control it on on it user basis so
we’re going to do is we’re going to
right click on it and click properties
again we’re going to go back to security

and I want to go over to change
permissions here we’re going to click
edit now what we’re going to do is we’re
going to add the Chris user as one of
the you know the listed security users
so one click add advanced and find now

same thing as before but we’re going to
go back down and we’re going to go back
down to Chris and okay and okay now what
we’re going to do different here this is
what-what the difference is now that we
have Chris as a user will notice here
that he doesn’t have full permissions he

can read the file and execute the file
but it can’t right you can’t modify the
file and he can’t it doesn’t have full
control of the file well let’s say he
needs that so we’re going to go ahead
and click allow and I’m going to apply

it’s going to give you a security
warning because this is a system folder
I’m going to go ahead and tell it yes I
want to continue and I’m going to click
OK and ok and that’s it
I now have full control over the hosts
file I can make changes to it as I wish
without using admin rights and I can you

know I am the owner of the file if I
wanted to I could change myself away
from the owner but I don’t really need
to do that right now anyway
thank you for watching and hopefully
this has been helpful for you

 

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