Windows 7 Taking Ownership of a File


Sometimes you may need to copy files that were “owned” by another user.

1. Right click on the Directory with the files you want to take ownership
2. Select Properties
3. Click on the Security tab
4. This will bring up the list of current users.
5. Click on the Advanced button
6. Click on the Owner tab. This will show the current owner
7. To change the ownership, click on the Edit button
8. Click on Other users or groups
9. Click on the Advanced button
10. Click on the Find Now button
11. Locate the user that you want to have take ownership and click on the OK button. In the following example, I selected Everyone
12, Click on the OK button again
13. With that user selected at the following screen, check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click on the OK button
14. You then see the computer start to take ownership of all the files in that directory.
15. When it is finished, you will see the following screen.



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