Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I upgraded a PC to Windows 7 (Ultimate x64) from Vista when it was part of a domain.

I later removed it from the domain.

I now cannot take ownership as an Administrator user of a certain file on my system harddrive.

Through properties | security | advanced | owner dialog box it says "Unable to display current owner" and when I click "Edit" and I try to set it to the Administrators group or a specific user in that group it brings up a dialog that says "Unable to set new owner on [file]. Access is denied"

When I run the cmd as administrator and similarly try "takeown" I get "INFO: Access is denied."

I do not have access to the domain server but do have access to the username and password that it probably thinks owns it.

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Yep as a local admin you can always take ownership of any local file. This sort of problem is usually a corrupt or readonly drive. (as you found)

share|improve this answer

Nevermind, a boot-time chkdsk fixed the problem.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.