If you are a Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 user then you will know all about file ownership and permissions related issues.

These effected Windows versions has implemented an additional security mechanism to prevent accidental or intentional file or folder modification by not allowing users other than the owner of the file or folder to access it. Henceforth if you need to access, modify or delete such files or folders you need to take ownership first then assign rights or permission to respective users.

Taking ownership of files or folders is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps to take ownership of files or folders. Rizonesoft Ownership will add a “Take Ownership” option under the Explorer right-click menu that will handle all the steps for you. This menu option is used to modify the Discretionary Access Control lists (DACLs). Simply put, it unlocks or gets ownership of a file or folder.

After you have taken ownership of the item, you may still need to allow your user account Full Control of the item before you will have permission to access, modify, or delete it.

Using Ownership

The most difficult part of using Rizonesoft Ownership is extracting the archive. When you are ready to use it, simply click on Ownership.exe.

To install the Take Ownership right-click menu option (shell extension), click on the Install button on the Rizonesoft Ownership main window.

When installing the Take Ownership menu option with a pause, the Take Ownership command will run and on completion show some information and the Press any key to continue . . . prompt. This will give you more control over the Take Ownership process.

To install the Take Ownership option with a Pause, please select the Install with Pause checkbox.

When you start Rizonesoft Ownership for the first time and you only see the Uninstall button, you will need to uninstall the “Take Ownership” option before installing it. This will remove any old Take Ownership registry hacks.

To uninstall the Take Ownership right-click menu option, click on the Uninstall button on the Rizonesoft Ownership main window.

Installing Ownership

Rizonesoft Ownership is natively portable, this means that you can carry it around on a USB flash disk and use it without settings being written to Windows, except the Take Ownership registry entries of course. To use Rizonesoft Ownership from a memory stick; you need to copy the Ownership folder to the memory stick. Run the Ownership.exe to install the Take Ownership shell extension on any Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 computer.

Download Ownership_120.zip (24627 downloads)
Updated November 21, 2017
File Size 1 MB
License Open Source
Requirements 7, 8 / 8.1, 10 (32 and 64 bit)

16 thoughts on “Ownership

  1. Noah Katz

    Sheesh, I never expect computer things to be that easy.

    So I went and spent 1 1/2 hr learning how to do it the hard way.

    How about something to indicate the process is complete, unless I missed it.

  2. Noah Katz

    I tried to install Ownership (or should it be Ownership Source?), but when I click Install, it toggles to Uninstall; if I click on that it goes back to Install.

    Same thing if I checked Install with Pause.

    Thanks for any help

    • Rizonesoft Post author

      That is the way you install Ownership. When the button toggles to Uninstall, that means it is installed already.

  3. Slartibartfarst

    2016-10-10 1444hrs: Just to say thanks for this handy Shell Extension (Take Ownership).
    I have downloaded it for use on 2 laptops running Win10-64 and it seems to work just fine.

  4. Elizabeth

    the download in the green box (under the information about this software) build 120 is 1.10MB in size and the download link at the top of the page is a larger file 134MB. So which is the correct? download to install?

  5. cpeterson

    I have 3 laptops and several desk side machines that I do a stand alone backup on to a USB HD once a month. I have done this through several OS’s ( W XP, W 7, W 10) The USB HD’s get full and I need to clean things up to get more space. I burn selected backups to DVD’s and delete the rest. The app that burns the copy from the USB hd to DVD’s runs under the current windows OS. The problem is that starting with W 7 it doesn’t think I have the permissions to burn the file from the USB HD because it came from a prior version of one of the other machines. With great effort it can be changed but is a royal pain in the backside each time you do this.

    I’m hoping your app will help me get past this problem by making it think I have the ownership and permissions to burn my own files from my own USB HDs to my own DVDs that were created from an older OS version and/or a different machine I own. If Ownership works, it will be a God Send and resolve hours of frustrations. IS this the app I need to resolve my problem ????????

  6. Mauro

    Hi, I am having premission problems on a 2003 server. Is there the old version available to download somewhere?
    Thank you

  7. lexie

    The download worked for me, It was a WinRAR file that I had to extract onto my desktop,
    there now files and applications and I have the option to run as admnin,
    If I kept it in a WinRAR I wasn’t able to open it or anything with my laptop.
    Anyways, would running it as admin work, and do I run it from my desktop or slide the ownership into my c drive to do it?

    • Rizonesoft Post author

      Glad it worked for you. You can run it from anywhere you like.

  8. kevin

    still will not download “ownership”app.. Continues to always download portal followed memory boost application.. I need “ownership “app. i done all that has been suggested up to this point. Please advise… Thanks

  9. Gary Koett

    I have the same problem, so I guess I’ll have to take ownership the long way 🙁
    PS. If you get this portal thing fixed, email me and I’ll try again.

    • Rizonesoft Post author

      Could you please try to download the file again and let me know if it works this time or not. If it still does not work, register at Rizonesoft.com and try again. Let me know about the results sothat I can troubleshoot more…

  10. DL Bayerl

    Continued problems with receiving Complete internet repair vs. Ownership download.

  11. Chris

    For whatever reason, the download doesn’t work properly. Whenever I select the download link for Ownership, it always downloads the Complete Internet Repair.

    • Rizonesoft Post author

      Sorry for the inconvenience! We implemented a new download system, so some issues can be expected. Everything looks fine on our side and this makes it difficult to troubleshoot the issue you are experiencing. We started a WhatsApp group as a new support option. This will allow us to troubleshoot issues in real time. I suggest you join the group if you experience any further issues. To join, please go to: https://www.rizonecloud.com/contact/rizonesoft-whatsapp-group-request/

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