This article describes how to take ownership of files and other objects on Windows 2000. These steps may be necessary to access certain files or Profiles that an administrator may need to work with.
It is important to note that the default security for roaming profiles has changed in Windows 2000. Administrators no longer have full control of all user profiles by default, only the user and the system. This means that if an administrator needs to obtain access to the contents of a user's profile, he or she will have to perform a "take ownership" operation upon the file system objects or registry hive directly. This is a more desirable approach from a security perspective as the "take ownership" operation is an audited event.
Taking ownership is also a good way to gain access to the home folder of auser that has left the organization. The Administrator can take ownership of the resource and then assigns permissions to a new user.