Fix Unable to Display Current Owner in Windows 10

Fix Unable to Display Current Owner in Windows 10

When a user tries to claim ownership of a folder, the error Unable to display current owner appears. One of the reasons for the issue is limited access owing to privileges of the User account. If the user account receives the error then they cannot get access to the folder. Instead, access to the folder is denied. Without the necessary privileges, it is hard to gain access to these folders. If you are confused about this and are wondering how to solve this unable to display current owner error in Windows 10, you are at the right place, I’m going to show you how to fix unable to display current owner issue and also the other errors leading to it, such as access is denied.

Fix Unable to Display Current Owner in Windows 10

How to Fix Unable to Display Current Owner in Windows 10

Before we move on to the solutions, let us see some more reasons why this issue occurs in Windows 10.

  • User Account Issues
  • Read-only file or folder
  • Conflicting Antivirus
  • Conflicting Applications
  • Not proper administrator rights to users
  • Drivers Conflicts

Method 1: Restart Windows

Windows Users have suggested a simple PC reboot has fixed unable to display current owner when the file they tried to change administrative rights for, was downloaded from the internet

1. Press the Alt + F4 keys simultaneously on the Desktop.

2. Select the Restart option from the dropdown menu.

3. Click on OK to reboot the PC.

select restart from dropdown menu and click ok to restart

Method 2: Boot in Safe Mode

If any drivers or application is interfering with file or folders, then this issue can happen. To make sure if this isn’t the case we can try restarting the PC in safe mode. Read our guide on how to boot to Safe Mode in Windows 10.

From Startup Settings window choose the functions key to Enable Safe Mode

Also Read: How to Encrypt a Folder in Windows 10

Method 3: Disable User Account Control

Unable to display current owner Windows 10 and Windows 7 also experiences these issues.

Though not recommended, if no fixes work for you trying this fix is a worthwhile process,

1. Hit the Windows key, type Change User Account settings, and click on Open.

open change user account control settings

2. Move the slider down to bottom i.e. Never notify to disable User Account Control.

disable user account control by sliding the slider all the way down

Note: The UAC must be Turned back on if the fix does not fix the problem, since disabling it can cause severe security issues to the system.

Method 4: Disable Read-only Feature

Sometimes, if a file or a folder is set to read-only, the error unable to display current occurs. This can be solved by disabling the read-only option. To do that

1. Right-click on the folder or the file that shows the error; navigate to Properties tab.

select properties. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

2. In the Properties, untick the Read-only option next to Attributes.

uncheck read only option

3. Click on Apply button.

click on apply. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

4. Now, click on OK button.

click on ok

Also Read: Fix Folder Keeps Reverting to Read Only on Windows 10

Method 5: Temporarily Disable Antivirus (If Applicable)

Antivirus Software can affect folders which can potentially lock them revoking access to the files and/or the folders. Disabling the Antivirus might be worth a try. Read our guide on how to disable Antivirus temporarily on Windows 10.

In case you don’t have any antivirus software, check out Windows Security; Windows security has a feature toggle that controls folder access from unauthorized access. To see if it is enabled

1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.

2. Click on Updates & security setting.

Click on Updates and Security. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

3. Next, click on Windows Security in the left-pane

click on Windows Security

4. Click on Virus & threat protection settings.

Click on Virus and Threat Protection. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

5. Now, turn off the Periodic scanning toggle

toggle off periodic scanning. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

Unable to display current owner Windows 10 system issue is solved frequently by this way

Method 6: Uninstall Folder Conflicting Apps

Certain Applications designed for Windows specifically apps that lock a folder may conflict with Windows and may be activated even if they are not currently running in the background. To make sure you are not getting conflicted by any of these applications, try deleting these applications to see if that solves the issue.

1. Hit the Windows key, type Control Panel, then click on Open.

open Control Panel

2. Set View by > Category, then click on Uninstall a program.

click on the option Uninstall a program in the Programs category. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

3. Now, right-click on the application you think might conflict with a folder and select the Uninstall option.

Click on uninstall

Also Read: How to Rename file in Destination Directory

Method 7: Give Permissions to Users

The most straightforward solution users have reported in this scenario is by granting permission to the user account in which the error is experienced. Follow the given steps

1. Right-click on the folder that you are unable to get access to and click on Properties

Select Properties. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

2. Go to the Security tab and click on the Edit… button.

got to security tab followed by edit

3. Next click on Add

click on add. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

4. Now, click on Advanced..

click on advanced

5. Click on Find now, search for Authenticated users

click on find now. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

6. Now, under search results, you can view authenticated users, click on it and click OK

select authenticated users and click on ok

7. Authenticated Users will be now selected click on OK.

authenticated users will be entered and click on ok

8. Now, finally, Tick on all the options under allow heading for permissions for Authenticated users

click on all tick boxes under allow. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

9. Click on OK to save changes.

tick all the checkboxes under allow and click on OK

Method 8: Run chkdsk Command

If there are no actual owners in the file or folder you are trying to get access to the error unable to display the current owner occurs. This can be solved by running chkdsk command in the command prompt. Follow our guide to check disk for errors using chkdsk command.

enter chkdsk f command

This can potentially fix Unable to display current owner issue as this checks disk issues and any disk bad sectors and attempts to fix them automatically.

Also Read: How to Take Full Control or Ownership of Windows Registry Keys

Method 9: Permit to Use Administrator Account

You can try providing access to administrator privileges to the file or folder with an administrator account, to do that.

1. Copy the folder location path you want to get the ownership for.

2. Press the Windows key, type Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.

Open Command Prompt as administrator

3. Type the following command and hit the Enter key.

Takeown /F “Enter the address of the directory you want to get access” /a /r / d y 

Note: Replace the quoted text in the above command with the folder location path you copied.

takeown command

After execution, the process will display a success message.

4. Then, execute the given command and press the Enter key.

Icacls “Enter the address of the directory you want to get access” /grant administrators:F /t

Note: Replace the quoted text in the above command with the folder location path you copied.

Icacls command. Fix Unable to Display Current Owner

After the process succeeds, try accessing the file again, This will fix the Unable to display current owner issue.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How to force ownership of the folder?

Ans. You can force ownership by properties menu from the folder, right-click the folder and click on Properties and click on Security followed by Advanced. Here you can view the ownership properties.

Q2. Is there any way to get force ownership of a folder?

Ans. You can use a command prompt to force ownership to a folder.

Q3. What is User account control?

Ans. User account control is a security component first implemented in Windows Vista. Its main use is to limit an application to stand usage privileges until an administrator or a computer user grants administrator privileges to the app.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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