Easily Take Ownership of Multiple Files

“Permissions”, the bane of many a Windows user.

access_denied2My huge MP3 collection is stored on an external drive and also on a couple of flash drives for playing on devices other than the computer. Since upgrading to Windows 10 I hadn’t tried to play any of the MP3 tracks stored on the external hard drive via the local system… until now. None would play in either the Groove app or Windows Media Player. I even tried VLC and Light alloy, all to no avail.

It was obviously a dreaded permissions issue so I went through the usual process of granting myself full control over the folder, including all child objects. Still no joy. With seemingly no other option, I started going through the folder changing each MP3 track’s permissions accordingly, step by step. I soon realized that with over 1000 tracks to deal with, this was going to take an eternity. So, I ended up resorting to searching for a possible solution online.

I eventually came across an article published by How-To-Geek which includes a downloadable reg file that adds a “Take Ownership” option into the right click context menu and automates all the steps for you: Add “Take Ownership” to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Windows.

I downloaded and applied the reg file and it worked an absolute treat. I simply right clicked on the folder in question and then clicked “Take Ownership”:

take ownership

This changed the permissions accordingly for all files contained within the folder, the whole process took about 10 seconds flat and I was then able to play all those MP3 tracks via the computer again. Of course, this works equally well for individual files too. I’m never keen on publicizing opposition tech sites but you have to give credit where credit is due. Well done and thank you to How-To-Geek.

*The download, which is available from the link above, also includes a reg file to undo the changes.


About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele… as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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