If you have spent any considerable amount of time in customizing the default look and feel of Vista/Windows 7 without using third-party tools , you probably know how to take ownership of a file or folder in Vista and Windows 7.
Just like Vista and Windows 7, the latest Windows 8 also requires you to take ownership of a system file or folder before editing it. That is, if you want to modify a file or folder in Windows 8, you need to take the ownership of the particular file or folder to be able to edit it.
In this guide, we will show you how to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows 8:
Step 1: Download the Take Ownership zip file from here.
Step 2: Extract the zip onto the desktop to get Install Take Ownership and Uninstall Take Ownership files.
Step 3: Double-click on Install Take Ownership file and click Yes for the prompt. You have just added Take Ownership option to the context menu!
Step 4: To take ownership of a file or folder, right-click on the file or folder, and then select Take Ownership option. You are done!
NOTE: The Take Ownership zip file that you have downloaded also includes an uninstall file. Simply double-click on the Uninstall Take Ownership file and click Yes for the prompt to remove Take Ownership option from context menu (right-click menu).