What is file permisions and how do I do it?
What is taking ownership of a file or folder and how do I do it?
I have Windows 7 64 bit buikt by me.

The idea behind it is to set appropriate permissions for different files. e.g. allow certain users read files but not modify them, etc.

Right-click on a file/folder/drive => Properties => Security tab:

Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder



cmd => takeown /F <filename>
cmd => icacles <foldername>/grant administrators:F /T

How to Take Ownership of a file or folder using command-line in Windows 7 and Vista - The Winhelponline Blog


Adding to context menu:

Take Ownership Shortcut - Windows 7 Forums

Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

Thanks for the help.
Those links are great.


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I use the info at "adding to context menu" link provided by Cybercore to create a handy tool to take ownership on the fly of files and folders
I need to change permisions for whatever reasons.

You do need to excercise caution using this tool.
I wouldn't use this to take ownership of my entire C:\Windows folder for instance.

I've used it to change ownership of files and folders that I couldn't delete, something I see a lot in Win 7
and I hope is addressed in SP1 later this year.

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