RegOwnershipEx is out

Yesterday I released a new version of my freeware app, RegOwnershipEx, which is a tool for taking ownership of Registry keys and granting administrator permissions. Version includes a few improvements and bug fixes. Here is what's new in this version.


I made RegOwnershipEx to simplify the process of changing ownership of Registry keys and saving time on Registry navigation. Its two main features are:

  • the ability to take ownership of a Registry key with one click (useful to get full access to the key).
  • the ability to jump directly to the desired Registry key also with one click.

RegOwnershipEx features the following options:

  • Take ownership and provide full access to selected Registry key.
  • Restore ownership feature allows you to restore the ownership and access rights that you have changed early. i.e. this is opposite of "take ownership".
  • Registry browser for easy Registry key selection.
  • Favorites - for quick access to your favorite Registry locations. It is shared with Favorites menu of Registry Editor!
  • Registry jump feature - you can open the selected key in Registry Editor. It is a very handy option when you read some tweaking related article and want to jump to the key mentioned in article. Simply copy-paste it into RegOwnershipEx.
  • Shortcuts for root keys - you may use HKCU instead of HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKLM instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and so on.
  • Multi language support - you will be able to translate the application into your native language by a simple ini file.

Currently, the following translations are available:

English - created by Winaero
Russian - created by Winaero
Czech - created by Milan Benes
Deutsch - created by "bildmacher"
Romanian - created by Adrian Putina
Ukrainian - created by Dmytro Zikrach
Dutch - created by "UltraWindows"
Arabic - created by "AirportsFan"
European Portuguese translation by Pedro Almeida
Swedish - created by Åke Engelbrektson.
French - created by Alain.
Hungarian - created by "BlueEyes Helpdesk".
Hebrew - created by Shai - Path Team.
Portuguese - Brazil - created by Whitewk Vx
Italian - created by Mauro Comiotto
Korean - created by Zames Dean
Danish - created by "ThomasNB"
Vietnamese - created by Tri Nguyen
Spanish - created by "FitoHB".
Chinese - created by 某宅
Polish - created by Barbara
Japanese - created by Maeda Keijiro

The Registry jump feature comes with a nice enhancement. When you open RegOwnershipEx, it analyses your clipboard content. If you copied a Registry path before launching the app, it will be pasted in RegOwnershipEx automatically!

Also, there is a useful /J command line argument. Here is how you can use it.

You can copy the path to a Registry key to the clipboard and launch the app as

RegOwnershipEx.exe /J

The Registry Editor app will be opened immediately at the path from the clipboard! This is really time saving.

Starting with version, I eliminated separate versions for x64 and x86 Windows. From now, a single executable file can be used in both x64 and x86 editions.

Another change is the ability to paste a Registry path with square brackets. You can copy such a path from a REG file and paste it in the app. It will be processed correctly. This also saves you time, since you can just copy the whole line from a REG file without editing.

Other changes are very minor. I made them mostly under the hood. Finally, this release includes an updated Czech translation.

You can download RegOwnershipEx here:

Download RegOwnershipEx

Many thanks to "moderate" who sponsored this version and performed a lot of tests before release.

10 thoughts on “RegOwnershipEx is out

  1. throkr

    Thanks for the update ! Very useful little tool.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


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  2. Долматов Алексей

    Thank you.
    Sometimes there is not enough opportunity to become the owner of all child paths.
    For example: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Broadcom” has a sub-directory “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Broadcom \ 802.11”. Then, when requesting rights to the first path, you can access all nested directories.
    Sometimes, you get the path to one path, but inside there are a few more ways with a multiple nesting of paths. For example: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Broadcom \ 802.11 \ x8447 \ right”.

    In connection with the written, I would like a recursive analysis of all nested directories with access to each. Only, after gaining access to one, to check new names opened and to check access to them.

    A case, extremely. Not frequent, therefore, please make the function a separate item of settings. With the question “do I have access to all child paths?”
    Иногда не хватает возможности стать владельцем всех дочерних путей.
    Например: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Broadcom” имеет субдерректорию “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Broadcom\802.11”. Тогда, при запросе прав на первый путь, получать доступ ко всем вложенным дирректориям.
    Бывает, получаешь путь к одному пути, а внутри ещё несколько путей с неоднократным вложением путей. Например: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Broadcom\802.11\x8447\right”.

    В связи с написанным, хотелось бы рекурсивный анализ всех вложенных дирректорий с получением доступа к каждой. Только, после получения доступа к одной, проверять открылись новые наименования и проверять доступ к ним.

    Случай, крайне. не частый, поэтому, просьба сделать функцию отдельным пунктом настроек. С вопросом “получить доступ ко всем дочерним путям?”

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I will do. This is one of most requested features.
      Сделаем. Эту функцию часто просят реализовать.

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  3. Bill Woodruff

    listed in CodeProject’s ‘Free Tools” forum:

    cheers, Bill

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author


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  4. Nemo


    I tested your tool on Win10 / RS2 / v1703 / Build 15063.11.
    Unfortunatly I can’t get access to
    – [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Exclusions\Paths]
    in order to insert keys like
    – „C:\\P\\N_LAUNCH“=dword:00000000
    – „C:\\P\\UTIL“=dword:00000000
    although your tool and “Properties|Security” report “Full Rights” for Administrators

    I hope you’ll find a way to make it work like on RS1 and before.

    Regards, Nemo

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      This is because that path is protected by the Defender’s realtime driver.

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      1. Nemo

        Hi Sergey,

        Any idea hwo to solve the problem?

        Regards, Nemo

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