Full control over a user account on your system means you can make changes to that account owner’s files. But before you can get this control, there is no shortcut: you must own it.
Not sure how to do this? Do not worry. We will look at this process.
In this post, you will learn how to change the owner of files and folders in Windows. Thus, you can make changes as you see fit. Please note, if the file or folder is owned by TrustedInstaller, you need to follow the other procedure given in the link.
About ownership of files and folders
If you don’t have administrator rights , Windows 10 won’t give you permission to make changes. This is why you need to do this.
Gaining 100% control over files and folders means you can access them and do whatever you want. This is useful if you need access to old user accounts so that you can make major changes to the operating system.
How to get there
This is the first part of the process. This means that you can access another user account.
First, press the Windows key and find File Explorer.
Open File Explorer. Then right-click on the files or folders you want to access and select Properties from the drop-down menu.
There go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button. This allows you to customize files or folders with great care.
Here, focus on Owner . It will indicate the user account that owns this file or folder. At the end click “Change”.
In the Select User or Group window, click the Advanced button. This will open up additional settings.
Here click the “Find” button to download the search results. And under the search results, select your user account. Then click “OK”.
Then you will be returned to the user or group selection window. When you see your user account, click OK.
And again you will land on the old window. Click OK again here.
Again, do the same one last time.
How to get full access
This is the second part of the process. You may already have access to another account. But you don’t have to use it to make major changes. After all, you haven’t owned it yet.
Only when you become the owner of the account will you be able to get full access
Here’s how to do it:
Launch File Explorer again and go to Properties. Go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button.
In the Permission Entries section, click Add.
Here click “Select Principal”.
Again, you will be taken to the user or group selection window. There, open Advanced.
Upload your user account using the Find button. As with the previous process, this will help you find your account.
When you see your user account, select it and click OK.
You will be taken to familiar windows. Just click OK until you get to a window named Permission Entry (for a file or folder).
Under Basic Permissions, check the box to allow full access and click OK.
Select Apply for the changes to take effect.
Then click OK to close the window.