Take Ownership of Windows 10 Files and Folders With These 6 Tools

By | December 13, 2021

Not all files are easily accessible. Here’s how you can take ownership of any file in Windows 10.

When you try to access certain files and folders in Windows 10, you may encounter an “access is denied” error. This can be frustrating, especially when you need to quickly manage or work with some of your files.

You can work around this problem by configuring your settings, but this often involves several steps. Alternatively, you can take ownership of files and folders using third-party applications.

This article will show you the best tools you can use to take ownership of files and folders. Let’s get started.


TakeOwnershipPro is a great alternative to take ownership of files and folders manually. This is a free program that allows you to easily change file ownership and permissions. The best part is that it allows you to take ownership of multiple files at the same time. This is a lightweight application, so the download and installation process is quick and easy.

It is completely adware-free and features an intuitive, easy-to-use graphical interface.

To get started, drag and drop your files into the program or press the button Add. From there, press the button Take Ownership. If you want to take ownership of all files in the folder, check the box Include subfolders and files. To delete files and folders in the program, press the button clear.

To make things easier, this tool also appears in the Windows 10 File Explorer context menu. If you want to quickly take ownership of a particular file, right-click on the file, and select an option TakeOwnershipPro.


TakeOwnershipEx features a minimal interface with only three options. The first two options allow you to take or restore ownership of your files. The third option lets you choose a language (English or Russian). Given its simple interface and design, this app is light and easy to use.

To get started, select an option Take Ownership and select your file or folder. If you have previously taken ownership of the file, select the option Restore Ownership. This will restore the default permissions that the file has.


WinOwnership has a minimalistic look and makes the process of taking ownership of files simple. It is a light and clean program that does not leave any traces in the Windows Registry.

You can copy the program to a portable storage device and use it on your other PC devices. This makes taking ownership of files easy and saves you from having to install programs across multiple devices.

To get started, drag and drop files into the program. Alternatively, double-click on the program to locate your file. After you select a file or folder, the program will display the file type and name. It also shows you whether you already have full access to the file or not.

To take full ownership of your files, press the button Apply. If you want to cancel, press the button Undo.

Grant Admin Full Control

Grant Admin Full Control features an attractive and intuitive design. It’s light on system resources, so it doesn’t affect your PC’s overall performance. It allows you to take ownership of up to 200 files simultaneously.

To get started, select an option Enable Administrator Rights at the bottom left of the screen. From there, drag and drop your files or folders into the program. Finally, press the button Change Ownership.

This app gives you the option to integrate it into the File Explorer context menu. To do so, press menu button at the top left, then select an option Add to Explorer Context Menu. From there, you can take ownership of a specific file or folder by right-clicking on it and selecting Grant Admin Full Control.

Just like WinOwnership, it is a portable program that you can copy to your external storage device. You can take it anywhere and use it on your other Windows 10 devices.

Download: Grant Admin Full Control for Windows 10 (Free)

Easy Context Menu

Unlike other programs, Easy Context Menu is a complete tool that you can use for various purposes. It adds various context menu options to File Explorer, including the Take Ownership option. The program interface contains various options but is easy to use. In addition, it is lightweight and portable, so you can store it on your external storage device.

The program organizes its options into various categories. To get started, scroll down and search for a category Folder Context Menu and File Context Menu. Check the box Take Ownership for these two categories. Apply these changes by selecting File followed by Apply changes.

To take ownership of a specific file or folder, right click on it and select an option Take Ownership. If you want to disable the context menu option, uncheck the box Take Ownership. From there, press File and select Apply changes.

Download: Easy Context Menu for Windows 10 (Free)

SysMate – System File Walker

While other apps give you file ownership rights, SysMate – System File Walker works differently. This allows you to replace system files that are experiencing “access denied” errors. By doing so, it removes file limitations and allows you to open the file without any problems.

To get started, press the button next to the box Original file location. Select your file or folder and press Open. Next, press the button next to the box Alternate file location. Select the file location you want and press Open. Finally, press Start to replace a file or folder.

The program creates a backup of every file you load into it. You can access the backup file by pressing the button Open backup folder.

Download: SysMate – System File Walker for Windows 10 (Free)

Access All Your Windows 10 Files and Folders, Anytime

It can be very frustrating when Windows restricts you from opening your own files and folders. If you’re having this problem, the tools we recommend here should help you out. With just the push of a button, you can easily take full ownership of all your files and folders.