How to Take Ownership of Folder in Windows 10 (2 Methods)

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Introduction

This guide demos 2 methods to take ownership of folder in Windows 10.

Options to Take Ownership of Folder in Windows 10

Here are the 2 methods to take Ownership of folder in Windows 10 discussed in this guide:

  • Folder Security Properties
  • Command Prompt

1
Take Ownership of Folder in Windows 10 from Folder Security Properties

The easiest way to take ownership of a file or folder is from the properties of the folder or file.

Here are the steps:

  • Right-click the folder. Then click Properties.
take ownership of folder windows 10
  • At the folder Properties, click the Security tab.
take ownership of folder windows 10
  • Then click Advanced.
take ownership of folder windows 10
  • When the Advanced properties of the folder opens, beside the current owner, click Change.
  • At Select User or Group screen, type the user name of the new owner. Then click Check Names.
  • If Windows finds the name on the PC, it will resolve it. Click OK.
  • Back at Advanced properties of the folder, the new owner will now be listed beside Owner. If you wish to change ownership for sub-folders in the folder check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. Then click OK
  • Finally, at the properties of the folder, click OK.

2
Take Ownership of Folder in Windows 10 with Command Prompt

Another method to take ownership of folder in Windows 10 is with command prompt.

Here are the steps:

  • Open Command Prompt as Administrator (Link opens in a new browser tab)
  • To grant ownership of the folder “D:\MountedImages” to the logged in user, type this command. Then press enter.
TAKEOWN /F D:\MountedImages
Take Ownership of Folder in Windows 10 with Command Prompt
By default, the TAKEOWN command gives ownership to the current logged in user
  • To gives ownership of a folder to the Administrators group instead of the current user, use the command below.
TAKEOWN /F D:\MountedImages /A
Take Ownership of Folder in Windows 10 with Command Prompt
  • Finally, to change ownership for the folder and all sub-folders, include the /R switch.
TAKEOWN /F D:\MountedImages /A /R

The command will scroll through, modifying the ownership of all sub-folders. If it gets to a folder you do not have permission to access, it will request to grant you full control. To continue, type Y.

To see all available options and other ways to use TAKEOWN command, type TAKEOWN /?.

Conclusion

These are the 2 common methods to take ownership of a folder. You can also use PowerShell. This guide covers the details of how to use PowerShell to take ownership of a folderr – Changing Ownership of File or Folder Using PowerShell.

Want more Windows guides? Visit our Windows How To age.

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