Unable to display current owner: 5 expert tips to fix this error

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When a user wants to claim ownership of a file or folder, the error message Unable to display current owner can sometimes pop up.

Oftentimes this error message can lead to another error message known as Access is denied.

What prevents Windows from displaying the current owner?

These are some common causes for the Unable to display current owner message.

  • Maybe the user does not have full access
  • Maybe the folder or file the user is trying to access has corrupted files
  •  The folder might be locked thereby denying the user from gaining access

Below are simple solutions that can be followed to get this error message solved.

What can I do if Windows 10 fails to display the current file or folder owner? You can start by uninstalling all folder lock software from your PC. If that doesn’t work, make sure that you grant Full Control to your user account over the affected directory.

These types of problems usually occur if you don’t have the necessary privileges. By gaining the Full Control over the affected directory you should be able to fix the problem.

Folder access denied:Unable to display current owner

  1. Try to uninstall folder lock software
  2. Permit access
  3. Run chkdsk scan
  4. Enabling the administrator’s account
  5. Give ownership to all administrators

1. Try to uninstall folder lock software

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Folder lock on your system or any kind of software that operates like it may tend to help you protect your files by locking them. However, this software can sometimes cause Unable to display current owner message to appear. More so, this software might not allow some files or folder to open. To fix the issue, all you got to do is to remove the folder lock software.

There are several ways to do that, but most effective is by using uninstaller software such as IOBit Uninstaller. By using uninstaller software, you’ll remove all files and folders associated with this software.


2. Permit access

Sometimes by allowing full access to a specific directory you can fix Unable to display current owner error. Follow these steps to allow full control.

  1. Make a right click on the file and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Security tab and then click on Advanced.
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  3. Select the Permissions tab and then click on Add.
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  4. Select Add a principal. Search and double click on Authenticated users.
  5. Click on OK.
  6. Check the Full control in the permission box and save the changes.
  7. Reboot your PC.

3. Run chkdsk scan

When this Unable to display current owner message appears, or when a folder contains a folder that has no owner, running a chkdsk/F scan can fix it permanently.

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.chkdsk Unable to display current owner
  2. Type chkdsk /f X: and press Enter. Be sure to replace X with the drive you want to scan.
  3. If This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts message appears, press Y, close the Command Prompt and reboot.

After rebooting, the scan will start automatically before the Windows 10 boots. Once your PC boots, check if the problem is still there.


4. Enabling the administrator’s account

To solve the Unable to display current owner error, enabling the administrator account might be helpful. Below is a step by step guide to enable your admin account.

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. In the Command Prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes and hit Enter.
  3. As soon as this is done, log out of your current user account and you will see a new user named Administrator. Click on it to log in.
  4. After you log in to the new administrator account, try to access the file you have issues with.

Once you’re done, log out, start Command Prompt as administrator and run net user administrator /active:no command to disable the Administrator account.


5. Give ownership to all administrators

If the previous solution didn’t work for you, you can fix the problem by granting ownership to all Administrators on your PC. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type takeown /F “complete path of folder or file” /a /r /d y in the Command Prompt and press Enter.
  3. Type icacls “complete path of folder or file” /grant administrators:F /t into the Command Prompt and press Enter. It will show a message Successfully processed 1 (or more) files if successful and Failed processing 1 files or Successfully processed 0 files if it failed.

If the command was successful, try accessing the folder you have problems with.

There you go, these are just a couple of solutions that might help you fix Unable to display current owner error. Let us know if the comments section if our solutions were helpful to you.

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