Reclaim ownership of a folder
1 Access owner
Open File Explorer and browse to the folder in question. Right-click it and choose Properties, then switch to the Security tab. Click ‘Advanced’ and then click Change next to the current owner’s name. You’ll need administrator level privileges to be able to do this.
2 Locate user
Type part of your username into the ‘Enter object name to select’ box and click Check Names – if nothing is found, click ‘Advanced…’ and simply click ‘Find Now’ to view all of the available users. Finally, scroll down to select your name, then click OK twice.
3 Final tweaks
As things stand, you will only be made the owner of the folder itself, not its contents. To rectify this, tick the ‘Replace owner on subcontainers and objects’ box before clicking OK. Wait while the owner is updated on all the selected files and folders. It shouldn’t take long.