TakeOwnershipEx


TakeOwnershipEx can be used to obtain full access to files and folders on your computer. As you may know, in modern versions of Windows the default owner of most files is TrustedInstaller, and all users have read-only access (in most cases). TakeOwnershipEx allows users of the  "administrators" group to become owners of files or folders with one click. It gives full access permissions too.

Latest TakeOwnershipEx version is 1.2, see full change log below

TakeOwnershipEx's features


With TakeOwnershipEx you will able:
  • To get full access rights to the file or folder. The selected file or folder will be owned by local "Administrators" group and they will have full access rights.


  • TakeOwnershipEx stores the history of files/folders you have been owned where you can always set access rights back to the original state. Note that it restores access right as well as owner. I.e. if previous owner was TrustedInstaller, it will be properly restored too. This is a most important benefit of TakeOwnershipEx.

  • Russian and English interface.

  • Since version 1.2 it has context menu integration with Windows Explorer. The context menu item can be used to get access or restore permissions. So, this is one menu item for both tasks.
    See this video to see TakeOwnershipEx in action:



Change log


v1.2.0.1
Fixed folder's context menu integration

v1.2
Fixed installer/uninstaller
Added context menu integration with Windows Explorer

v1.1
Added folders support

v1.0
Initial release


I have compiled separate versions for Windows 8 and for Windows Vista/7 so you need no additional .NET Framework installation.

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Comments

  1. not working
    04 Dec 11

    doesn't work. Admin group is added, but with no permissions assigned.

  2. Sergey
    05 Dec 11

    Which file you tries to own?

  3. moinmoin
    08 Dec 11

    It's a fine program. Testet on Windows 7 x64

    Featured on www.deskmodder.de

  4. Anonymous
    30 Dec 11

    Works flawlessly

  5. Nikhil
    28 Feb 12

    Definitely works.

  6. Anonymous
    26 Apr 12

    Thank you. for some reason my computer decided that the wav file i worked 2 hours on shouldnt be accesable to admins, so this will help alot.

  7. Sergey
    26 Apr 12

    I glad to know what TOE was helpful for you

  8. Anonymous
    14 Jun 12

    win 7 x64 sp1
    couple things i noticed...
    - when uninstalling, the entry in add/remove programs isn't removed the first time
    - when uninstalling, the start menu group is left behind
    - when uninstalling, the %appdata% folder is left behind
    - i expected this to add or replace the default context menu item in explorer (Take Ownership), however that is apparently not the case ... would be much more usable if it did, if this is possible

  9. Sergey
    14 Jun 12

    thank you for report.
    I will try to fix the issue.
    Also i will try to implement context menu items.

  10. Anonymous
    15 Jun 12

    thanks Happy Bulldozer - much appreciated!

  11. Sergey
    17 Jun 12

    Everything implemented/fixed

  12. Gonza
    22 Jun 12

    Hi! When i uninstall the program (the latest version v1.2) it doesn't remove the icon in the context menu. Is there any way to fix this? Thanx you!

  13. Sergey
    22 Jun 12

    Thank you very much for report.
    I will look closely at the issue.
    Before that you can remove context menu item from registry at
    regedit -> HKCR\Folder\Shell\Takeownershipex
    Remove Takeownershipex branch.

  14. Gonza
    23 Jun 12

    thanks, that worked perfectly!

  15. xpclient
    30 Jun 12

    Works but what's wrong with the regular context menu tweak to take ownership and grant admin permissions?

  16. Sergey
    30 Jun 12

    TakeOwnershipEx stores the history of files/folders you have been owned where you can always set access rights back to the original state. Note that it restores access right as well as owner. I.e. if previous owner was TrustedInstaller, it will be properly restored too. This is a most important benefit of TakeOwnershipEx.

    Tweak you mentioned above can't do this.

  17. xpclient
    05 Jul 12

    I see. Then it's awesome. My bad.

  18. click-click
    24 Nov 12

    Is there a command line option for this program to take and restore ownership?
    I need to replace some files during install before OOBE

  19. ManMKE
    14 Dec 12

    The stupid "Optimum Installer" insisted on installing two crapware programs I had instructed it not to install, and, worse, then failed to install TakeOwnershipEx. Useless

  20. Sergey
    14 Dec 12

    Because you are idiot.
    I have no idea where you got the installer, but clever people use this site.
    I never/will never bundle any shit with my free software.

  21. mark
    12 Mar 13

    I installed it on a clean Windows 8 Enterprise (32bit) but it wanted to install .NET 3.5

  22. Sergey
    12 Mar 13

    @mark

    I have compiled separate versions for Windows 8 and for Windows Vista/7 so you need no additional .NET Framework installation.

  23. web
    16 Mar 13

    Hi! does it works with others windows languages, apart from english and russian?

    thanks!

  24. Sergey
    16 Mar 13

    It works regardless of windows language.
    It does not use that tweak you may know.
    It uses own "engine".

  25. Jojo Hanosho
    31 Mar 13

    Nice too, it helped alot and saved my time and my a$$ several times.

    I suggest adding an option to display TakeOwnershipEx context menu icon in the extended shortcut menu only, the one that appears when you hold SHIFT and right-click. The option can be something like this "Show TakeOwnershipEx in the extended shortcut menu only"

    Thanks.

  26. Singur
    17 Jul 13

    Doesn't work (v. 1201) for Windows 8 ! The message "You get full access to target" is appearing but without any practical effect. I don't know the cause.

  27. sonic9
    26 Dec 13

    taking permissions over subfolders is it supported ?

  28. B
    18 Mar 14

    Doesn't work in 8.1 no more Microsoft.BingMap \ Images

  29. Liliana
    04 Apr 14

    Thank you so much, it really helped me!

  30. davetee
    22 Jul 14

    It doesn't work on Windows 8.1 Update 1 x64. I get the message "You get full access to target" but I still don't get full access

  31. VideoKing
    30 Dec 14

    Please sir ,don't forget to keep updated the best TakeOwnership application ever made.
    I wish you a prosperous New Year ! Happy new year!

  32. Tito
    28 Mar 15

    Using 8.0, I get the following on a read only file..."Method failed with unexpected error code 19. Can you help?

  33. Feedback
    04 Aug 15

    If multiple target are selected with explorer right click, takeownershipex confirm each target success with dialog window afterwards, which is bothering when targets are many. Please make an option or output consolidated result window for all targets at once or output dialog window only when errors happens.

  34. zerouser
    10 Aug 15

    Thannks

  35. Ernieis
    23 Mar 16

    Is Take Ownership compatible with Windows 10?

  36. Sylvain
    04 Jun 16

    When Un-Installing (v1.2.0.1 on Win7) there is the option to restore all files changed during life of product; selecting "Yes" produces an error: "Invalid Command Line: /uninstall." Also, I think you should store file permissions in C:\ProgramData\... rather than in C:\Users\*\Appdata\..., this way we can restore permissions changed under any user (I use both a user and the built-in Administrator account; I could have taken ownership of different files under both accounts).
    Thank you.

  37. Sylvain
    05 Jun 16

    I think my comment (above) screwed-up, so here it is again, sorry if double-posted.
    When Un-Installing (v1.2.0.1 on Win7) there is the option to restore all files changed during life of product; selecting "Yes" produces an error: "Invalid Command Line: /uninstall." Also, I think you should store file permissions in C:\ProgramData\... rather than in C:\Users\*\Appdata\..., this way we can restore permissions changed under any user (I use both a user and the built-in Administrator account; I could have taken ownership of different files under both accounts).
    Thank you.

  38. Lynster
    10 Jun 16

    Does this work with Windows 10 ?

  39. Sergey
    11 Jun 16

    It should work without issues.

  40. Vlado
    19 Jun 16

    Hi Sergey, which version TakeOwnershipEx work in windows XP? Thanks.

  41. Humberto Freitas
    26 Jun 16

    "Invalid Command Line: /uninstall."

    Bug in Win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

  42. Humberto Freitas
    07 Jul 16

    Please fix error: Invalid Command Line: /uninstall.

  43. Marc VS
    29 Jul 16

    I get an error: 'Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation' and the program stops.

  44. Jaimear
    08 Aug 16

    You save my day. TakeOwnershipEx save me a lot of time. Thank you so much.

  45. Steeveno
    15 Aug 16

    I also get error "19" for any folder or file. What does the error mean?

  46. Jan
    01 Sep 16

    Trying to get access to a file without owner on W7 64 bit doesn't work.

  47. sdspieg
    11 Sep 16

    I get the following error message: "Some or all identity references could not be translated". Any idea what might cause this and how to fix it? Thanks for this great program, Sergey - it has worked for me many times in the past, but now I run into this problem.

  48. ralph7230@gmail.com
    02 Oct 16

    I have download your TakeOwnershipEx file and upon unzipping Norton found it to be dangerous and deleted it.
    Is this just over zealous ?
    Will this work with Windows 10, that is what I need.
    Thank you.

  49. Sergey
    02 Oct 16

    Norton is known for hating my tools.
    Don't worry it is a false positive.
    The application works in Windows 10.

  50. Frank D
    06 Dec 16

    It does not work. Tried all kinds of Compatibility settings and running as admin, but nothing.

  51. Thanks!
    16 Jan 17

    Great tool! Is it possible to do this automatically with sub-folders, please?

  52. guillame
    19 Jan 17

    i cant find the actual download for take ownershipexe

  53. Skachkov
    26 Jan 17

    This does not work!
    I Tried to have access to C:\Windows\ProgramData\Documents.
    The program writes that I got all access to target, but when I trying to open this folder, still I can not do it!
    Windows 8.1 64 bit.
    Can You help me?
    skachkovsergey@yandex.ru

  54. edd
    30 Jan 17

    Can remove the context menu ?

    If i remove manually, this add in the next run of the program...

  55. Sergey
    31 Jan 17

    If you remove it manually, the app won't restore the context menu any more.
    The context menu entry is created once by installer.

  56. edd
    31 Jan 17

    @Sergey

    The entry is create always when the TakeOwnershipEx.exe is executed ....

    Can fix that ?

  57. edd
    31 Jan 17

    This entry:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\TakeOwnerShipEx]
    @="Take Ownership/Restore Rights"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\TakeOwnerShipEx]
    @="Take Ownership/Restore Rights"

    Always are created =/

  58. reza
    17 Apr 17

    Still work with windows 10 creators update 2017
    Thank you

  59. Shai Lasher
    17 Apr 17

    Works fine (For me) on Windows 10 Pro Version 10.0.15063 Build 15063 (Latest "Creator revision" done on Apr. 16, 2017).
    Many thanks for this, Sergey, before, I had to go properties, security and all the "round" of struggling with the "normal"
    Microsoft system way to do it. The context menu item makes it even easier and I am truly grateful for this utility !!!

  60. grateful
    29 Apr 17

    Thank you soooo much...i had my important docs where i couldnt access. your program worked instantly...

  61. Сергей
    06 May 17

    Спасибо тебе добрый человек за программу. Проклятая windows 10 не хочет давать права на всю папку, только на файл по отдельности.

  62. NotCook
    20 May 17

    Used your tool for Windows 10 to change ownership of a file and then "delete" it. That put it in the Recycle Bin. Now, I can't empty the recycle bin, or delete that file from the recycle bin, because I don't have ownership. I cannot us your tool to change the ownership again, because your tool does not list the Recycle Bin in the Browse Folders window under the Desktop or elsewhere. Need to include the ability to show the Recycle Bin so this process can be completed.

  63. fitness88
    30 May 17

    There are 2 file versions in the zip folder:
    TakeOwnershipEx-1.2.0.1
    TakeOwnershipEx-1.2.0.1-Win8
    I use Windows 10/64bit so which version do I install?
    Thank you.

  64. Sergey
    30 May 17

    Use TakeOwnershipEx-1.2.0.1-Win8
    It is compatible with Windows 10.

  65. Anon
    18 Jun 17

    It didn't work for me on Windows 10, sadly. There's an (uninstalled) game file in Steam that I can't delete, nor reinstall due to not having permissions for the file (even though I'm the only user on this laptop). It changed the ownership to Administrators but I still wasn't granted permission.

  66. Jamese49
    21 Jun 17

    I am trying to uninstall or delete Bitdefender Antivirus Free, this is difficult to get off the computer. When I use your app I get a message telling me [Attempting to perform an unauthorized operation] Thank you for any help you can give.

  67. shrike
    29 Jun 17

    Will this work on files in a separate HDD?

  68. bobhurt
    15 Jul 17

    Chrome canary stopped working in Win10 Apr 2017, for no reason I know, so I drilled down into AppData and tried but failed to delete Chrome's Secure Preferences file of which I had taken ownership. I needed to delete it in order to reinstall Chrome.

    I found winaero.com; I downloaded and installed TakeOwnershipEx 1.2.0.1. The system showed your installer which seemed to run to completion. It failed to create the desktop icon, AND I could not find the installed app in Program Files (x86). I tried installing your Win8 version with similar results. Maybe I have a troubled system, but your TakeOwnershipEx software definitely does not install on it, or if it does, it does not end up in a TakeOwnershipEx folder in Program Files, and it leaves no launch shortcut anywhere. I still have the Take Ownership item in the explorer context menu, and it seems to work. What I really need is a tool to delete that Secure Preferences file. Any suggestions?

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