Process to take ownership of a file in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10

Process to take ownership of a file in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10

By default, there are so many restrictions in editing and manipulating system files in Windows. Microsoft has taken care of security lately by releasing security patches to fix major loopholes including ownership bypass. Many times when we try to alter any Windows’s system files like Host file or any other write protected file in accordance with our needs or tasks but we get an error message “You don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the Administrator to obtain permission” while saving them. Here’s a very simple yet easy process to get rid of this problem.

Process to take ownership of a file in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10

Today, in this article we are going to explain this process step-by-step. Just follow the given simple steps to take ownership of a file in Windows:

  1. Select the file or folder whose ownership you want to take and right-click on it to choose “Properties”.
  2. In the property window, navigate to “Security” tab.
  3. Click on “Advanced”.
  4. On the open advanced security option window navigate to “Owner” tab.
  5. Now click on “Edit”.
  6. A new window for advanced security option will be opened.
  7. You will find a table asking for “Change owner to”. Now select the local user to which you want to take the ownership.
  8. Below that you will find a check box “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.
  9. Just tick the check box.
  10. During application of the changes, it will show a message “You don’t have the permission to read the file or the contents of the directory. Do you want to change the permission of the file or folder to full control. All permission will be replaced if you press OK”.
  11. Just ignore the message and “Press OK”.


Now that you’ve taken ownership of the file you wanted, it’s time to alter the file in the way you want. We hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any query related to this tutorial then don’t hesitate to post a comment below.

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