Windows 7 and Vista users must be aware of file permission and ownership issue and Windows 8 inherits similar security mechanism to prevent any accidental system related file & folder deletion or modification. If you really need to edit those files you must first take ownership of files and grant permission to users.
Unfortunately the process of taking ownership and granting permission isn’t so easy in Windows 8. If you are new to Windows 8 and looking on how to take ownership then here is detailed step by step guide for you.
How to Take Ownership on Windows 8
Method 1: Manual method
1. Locate the files/folder you want to take ownership in Windows Explorer.
2. Now right click on file/folder and select Properties option from content menu.
3. Now under Security Tab select Advance option.
4. Now click on Owner tab in Advance Security Settings for User windows
5. Click on Edit Button and select user from given Change Owner to list, if user or group is not in given list then click on other users or groups. Enter name of user/group and click ok.
6. Now select User/group and click apply and ok. (Check “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” if you have files and folder within selected folder)
7. Click ok when Windows Security Prompt is displayed
8. That’s it ownership of file much have changed to select users. You may bow click Ok to exist from Properties windows.
Method 2: Simple Registry Hack
2. Open above downloaded zip and file and extract its contents on desktop
3. Now double click on InstallTakeOwnership.reg to install Take Ownership option in context menu
If you wish to remove Take ownership option from Windows 8 context menu then double click on RemoveTakeOwnership.reg.