How To: Take Ownership Of A Folder/File In Windows 7

Taking ownership of a file or folder is very essential when you want to replace or edit system folders or files. Though there are many ways to take ownership of files, how doesn’t like to take the ownership of a file or folder with a click?

In this guide I will be focusing on the easiest method using which you can take ownership of files in Windows 7 easily.

Take Ownership in 7

Take ownership of file or folder in Windows 7

In this method, we will merge a registry file with Windows Registry to get an option named “Take Ownership” in the context menu (Right-click menu) and then right-click on the file that we want to take the ownership of.

Here is how to add Take ownership entry to right-click menu

Step 1: Download the file from here.

Step 2: Extract the RAR file to the Desktop or any folder to get a file named “Ownership.reg”. Note that if you want to see the extension “.reg” you need to enable it in “Folder Options” but it’s not necessary.

Step 3: Right-click on Ownership.reg file and select Merge option.


Step 4: Click “Yes” for the User Account Prompt (UAC) and then again  click “Yes” for the Registry Editor pop up and then click “OK” when you get the successful message.

Registry Editor Confirmation

Registry Editor Confirmation 2

You should now get Take ownership option when you right-click a file or folder.

To take ownership of a file or folder

Step 1: Now, you will see a new option named Take Ownership when you right-click on a file or folder.

Step 2: Right-click on folder/file for which you want to take ownership and select Take Ownership option to take ownership of the file or folder.



  1. v2fftb says

    Cool mate.. and easy way indeed.. it would be cool if i could knew where can i change my registry my self.. well its cool even though ,i will figure it out.. thanks alot mate..

  2. Redbaron says

    For some reason it does not work for me.I running this on vista home edition and trying to rename a file in system32 folder. Please help.

  3. Fazal says

    Can you please give a registry file with which we can reverse this at any time? I’ve heard that there is such a file. Thank you

  4. sh0nuff says

    Still having problems copying a .dll into a folder. I have tried installing and running the right click shortcut, but even though it seems to run smoothly in the popup .cmd windows, the folder is STILL marked as read.only.


  5. Saad says

    good. but I use safehouse explorer to secure my docouments from public. Safehouse want to take ownership in windows 7. any idea about drive ownership? If yes please email. i ll be happy.

  6. Kile says

    Hey, very nice program. About a year back most of my files were taken ahold by a user called “TrustedInstaller” never heard of that person, or anything at all. Got ‘Em all back now i think. Let’s just hope it works.

    Is there a way to do this for entire drives? As it’s taking a fairly long time to do each main folder manually 😡

  7. Sincere says

    It did not work for me either, under Windows 7 Enterprise. I still get the message, that I need permission to copy and replace the file I am trying to copy.

  8. Don says

    This doesn’t work. It replaces “SYSTEM” with another name and you STILL can’t delete or rename the file. (Win 7)

    Ya, how do I undo this?

  9. Ashutosh****p says

    hi ……… thanks for giving such easiest method…..thanks a lot..i have done this within 15 secs.

  10. Darkness says

    Can’t you place content of that file as plain text?
    And don’t use rar, please, it is proprietary format, use zip, tar.gz, bz2, lzma, 7zip instead.

  11. Matt says

    I have the following error message using Windows 7 to open an mp3 in windows media player:

    Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item

    Will downloading this feature help?

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