Add Take Ownership option to the right click menu in Win7/Vista

This trick will create a "Take Ownership" shortcut option whenever you right click a file or folder. It allows a user to assume ownership of system files or folders in Windows 7 or Vista which they would otherwise be denied access to. When you take ownership of a file or folder you replace the security permissions that were originally present with a different permission that gives you access instead.

1. Copy and Paste the following into a blank notepad file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]@="Take Ownership""NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F""IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]@="Take Ownership""NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t""IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"

2. Save the file as InstallTakeOwnership.reg
3. Doubleclick the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file to install
4. Right clicking should now give you an additional Take Ownership shortcut option.


Messing around with the registry can be hazardous to your computers health. Don't use this trick if you worry about accidentally destroying your computer.