Changing File Ownership in Windows 7

Occasionally when you transfer files from another computer and attempt to edit them on yours, you may get permission-related errors preventing you to make changes. This guide will explain how to re-gain permissions for your files and be able to edit them.
How it works

Changing the ownership will allow you to tell Windows that you are the new owner of these files and it will not give you any errors when trying to modify them.

Keep in mind that this is not a method you would use all the time. For example, if file encryption was enabled on the previous machine, then this method wouldn’t work unless you were able to re-create same username and password that was used on the machine with encryption enabled.

Therefore this guide only applies to data that you’ve transferred or recovered from your own computers and it does not have encryption enabled on it.

Changing the Ownership

To change the ownership of the folder, right click on it and choose Properties.

In the properties menu, click on the Security tab, and then click on the Advanced button.

In the advanced menu, click on the Owner tab. You should be logged in as the owner you would like to change permissions to. You should also be an administrator.

Click on the Edit button.

Select the username you would like to become the owner (for example Roger  Roger’sPC\Roger).

Make sure the username is highlighted and check the box below that says “Replace owner on sub containers and objects”, then hit apply.

Keep in mind that depending on what you’re trying to change the ownership of may not always work. Common items that will give you errors are:

1)      Encrypted files

2)      System files

3)      Locked files

After you hit apply it will take some time (depending on the size of the folder) to apply the new ownership to every single file inside of that folder. If you encounter any errors on the way, either choose ignore or continue so the process can continue to change the ownership of the files that are accessible.

In order to prevent having to do this in the future, it’s best to keep your usernames identical across different systems. For example if your old username is Roger and your password is mypass, then make sure that you keep using that for your new computer(s) as well. It also makes network sharing much easier if both usernames are identical and exist on multiple systems.

Also, if you have encryption enabled, by having same user data everywhere you will not have any problems decrypting your files either.

*Disclaimer: AVADirect and its Staff are not responsible for any damage to software/hardware, loss of data or personal injury by following our How-To guides. These guides are provided only as an aid to help you troubleshoot system problems. If you do not feel comfortable performing these steps its always best to send in your system to a local repair shop or contact an appropriate technical support line for additional assistance.