Monday, October 1, 2012

How-to own any folder as admin

Doesn't it happen sometimes that you wish you had administrator rights to a folder in windows??
Or that you want to delete a file and reach a road-block realizing that maybe due to some issues during the set-up you do not have admin rights although you are actually the admin?

Well, this has happened to me once. I found a neat solution to this which works on every type of windows out there(even Windows 8, if you were curious) because it harness the way windows run .bat files.

I hope you are excited to be able to do it so lets get to it. ;)

Step 1: Locate the folder you want to own as administrator and note down its path.
Step 2: Make a delete.bat file using notepad in the folder you want to own as administrator.
Step 3: Now write the following script in that .bat file.
            SET DIRECTORY_NAME="C:\Locked Directory"
            TAKEOWN /f %DIRECTORY_NAME% /r /d y
            ICACLS %DIRECTORY_NAME% /grant administrators:F /t

            You need to change "C:\Locked Directory" to "Path of your directory".

Step 4: Now run this delete.bat . A DOS screen will pop-up, some tech stuff will happen and voila, you own the folder as administrator now.

Note: DO NOT use this for illegal purposes. Its for informational purposes only.
Also some people report problems at step 4 so you may try ' Run as Administrator' to make it succesful.

Hope it helped. Cheers :)


  1. When i try to save the file, it says, "A required privilege is not held by the client."

    1. What folder are you trying to get access to??
      Because if its a drive or say a folder with many sub-folders then this process may not work. In that case, you need to take the rights step by step.