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Take ownership of files or folders

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I've ran into this issue on several occasions, where people change permissions of the folders and lock themselves out. You'll have to login as an administrator and become an owner and then give the permissions back to the user.

The process is: 

  1. Open Windows Explorer and find the file or folder you want to take ownership of.
  2. Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  4. In the Change owner to box, do one of the following:
    • To change the owner to a user or group that is not listed, double-click Other users and groups and, in Enter the object name to select (examples), type the name of the user or group, and then click OK.
    • To change the owner to a user or group that is listed, click the new owner.
  5. (Optional) To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

 

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