How do I take ownership of a folder that I do not have access to?
Note: You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable Simple File Sharing. By default, Windows XP Professional uses Simple File sharing when it is not joined to a domain.
For additional information about how to do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP
To take ownership of a file, follow these steps:
- Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
- Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
- In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK. The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file. To change the permissions on the files and folders under this folder, go to step 5.
- Click Add.
- In the Enter the object names to select (examples) list, type the user or group account that you want to give access to the file. For example, type Administrator.
- Click OK.
- In the Group or user names list, click the account that you want, and then select the check boxes of the permissions that you want to assign that user.
- When you are finished assigning permissions, click OK.
This information is taken from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421