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Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 11

This tutorial will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 11.

This will allow you to be able to instantly take ownership of a file, folder (and all contents), or drive (and all contents) by changing the owner to the current user and grant the Owner_Rights SID (for current owner) full access permission.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, click/tap on Show more options, and click/tap on Take Ownership, you will be prompted by UAC for approval first.

If a user is signed in as an administrator, then the user would just click/tap on Yes to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the current user account. Permissions would be set to allow this current owner (Owner_Rights SID) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

If a user is signed in as a¬†standard user, then the user would need to enter a selected¬†administrator’s password¬†to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the selected administrator account and not the standard user. Permissions would be set to allow this current owner (Owner_Rights SID) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

The¬†Take Ownership¬†context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold only on the specific¬†C:¬†drive,¬†C:\Program Files¬†folder,¬†C:\Program Files (x86) folder,¬†C:\ProgramData¬†folder,¬†C:\Users¬†folder, and¬†C:\Windows¬†folder. This was done by design since taking ownership of the Windows “C:” drive and these specific system folders can make Windows unstable as it would also take ownership of all their content at the same time.

You will still be able to use the Take Ownership context menu on files and folders inside the locations above, and on all drives other than the C drive and FAT32 drives.

Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will have the Take Ownership context menu without replacing Run as administrator.

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