Take Ownership Of A File Or Folder In Windows XP

Introduction:

This article describes how to take ownership of a file or a folder where you have been denied access.

If you must access a file or a folder that you do not have access to, you must take ownership of that file or folder. When you do this, you replace the security permissions to have access.

More Information:

How to take ownership of a folder

Note: You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.

If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File sharing when it is not joined to a domain.

For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

307874 How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP

To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:

1.

Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

2.

Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).

3.

Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

4.

In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

5.

Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:

You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?

All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.

Note: folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.

6.

Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

How to take ownership of a file

Note: You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials.

To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:

1.

Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.

2.

Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).

3.

Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

4.

In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.

The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.

5.

Click Add.

6.

In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.

7.

Click OK.

8.

In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.

9.

When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.

References:

For additional information about file and folder permissions, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

161275 Interaction of file and folder security on NTFS volumes

The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Keywords: MS Article ID 308421

 

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