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

Fixed folder's context menu integration

Fixed installer/uninstaller
Added context menu integration with Windows Explorer

Added folders support

Initial release

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

Download TakeOwnershipEx

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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