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How to take ownership of write-protected system folders in Windows 7



Sometimes, users of Windows 7 cannot open a folder or change its access rights. This can happen because Windows 7 has full control on this folder and doesn't grant access to it even to administrators. Here is a tip that will help you take ownership of any write-protected system folder:

1. Press Windows Logo to open the Start menu. Type cmd in the search box, right click on cmd.exe, then select Run as administrator.

2. The command prompt window will pop-up, run the following command: 

takeown /F Folder\Path /R

You should replace  Folder\Path with the full path to the folder you want to take ownership of.

Example:

takeown /F C:\PerfLogs /R



3. After executing your command, you will have full control of the selected folder. That's it.

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