Do you find when you’re modifying system files in Windows 7, Vista, or XP that you have to change permissions a lot?

I’ve been using this for a while now and I can’t tell you how useful it is.

InstallTakeOwnership.reg adds a Take Ownership Context Menu Item to all files and folders.

Take Ownership


  • To add “Take ownership” to your context menu, simply merge (double click) InstallTakeOwnership.reg into your windows registry.
  • To remove “Take ownership” from your context menu, simply merge (double click) RemoveTakeOwnership.reg into your windows registry.

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67 thoughts on “Take Ownership: Manage File Permissions in 7/Vista/XP”

  1. Mel says:

    Oh – and imma say 28-10 BYU ;)

  2. Rich says:

    Yeah, the site will still be kept up as frequently as it is now. In fact, I’ll be less busy because I wont have a part-time job, a business (no longer part of it) and an average of 23.5 credits a semester at BYU!

  3. Justin Guy says:

    i already knew this. from how to geek. also, use this for deleting fonts u don’t want!

  4. Justin Guy says:

    i already knew this. from how to geek. also, use this for deleting fonts u don’t want!

  5. Justin Guy says:

    i already knew this. from how to geek. also, use this for deleting fonts u don’t want!

  6. Secret says:

    Very useful! I …Very easy and functional.You just saved me several hours of work. Thank you.

  7. asukicco says:

    Doesn't work for me. I'm trying to take control of c:windows, a small cmd-like window appear and disappear and when I'm trying to move a modded explorer.exe into c:windows it still ask me for permissions. Is this because I'm using a 64bit windows 7?

  8. Rich says:

    Take control of explorer.exe and not the whole Windows folder.

  9. RandomGuy says:

    will this show on the admin account or any other?

  10. Brazil says:

    It worked. Awesome. Thanks.

  11. Rich says:

    More details about the error will help us determine why it’s not working for you.

  12. rksilva says:

    doesn’t work for me. i still can’t rename my explorer.exe. i don’t see the ‘take owenership’ when i right click my explorer.exe. i took ownership with the windows folder but still can’t rename my explorer.exe.

  13. K1jeon says:

    wow thank U .

  14. Oscar says:

    I have the same problem as some other here, there is no “take ownership on my explorer.exe

    1. Stu says:

      You either need to take ownership of %windir% or manually change the permissions on explorer.exe

  15. Manna says:

    Worked great!  Thank you!

  16. Me Here says:

    To the people having trouble getting the context menu to appear. DO NOT TRY To make this work on a single file (As I did at first) Example, c:windowssystem32wisptis.exe is the problem child for me…. (pardon if I typed the path incorrectly, you get the idea) you need to navigate to the FOLDER system 32 and right click on THE FOLDER, ***NOT*** repeat…. not the file INSIDE the folder. It takes a while for it to reassign all the permissions, you’ll get the cmd screen and it will say SUCCESS (hopefully) for each item it reassigns/gives you ownership. THEN go into the file and do whatever you need to do, eg: delete it, deny system access to it, or maybe just shred it, burn it then bury it and say a rosary, whatever…. it would be nice to take ownership of one file, and maybe I missed something, but I only got the context menu option when right clicking the folder.

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