[Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a Registry Key in Windows?
Many times we post Windows tutorials which require taking ownership and assign full permission on a particular registry key. Although we provide detailed steps to do this task in all our tutorials, some people find it difficult to take ownership of registry keys.
Recently when we received an email from one of our reader asking how to assign a user full permission on a registry key in Windows, we decided to create a dedicated article about it.
So today in this article, we'll post a step-by-step guide with screenshots which will teach you how to take ownership and grant full permission and control on a registry key. It'll become useful if you are trying to delete a key in Registry and getting an error such as "Cannot delete key: Error while deleting key".
So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:
UPDATE: Also check out new methods to take ownership and grant full permissions on Registry keys from command-line:
1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu searchbox and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to the desired registry key, right-click on it and select "Permissions..." option.
3. It'll open a new dialog box. Click on "Advanced" button.
For Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7:
Go to "Owner" tab, select your username and click on Apply button. If you also want to take ownership of the sub-key, enable the option "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects".
PS: If you want to get permission on all sub-keys, enable following 2 options in "Permissions" tab:
- Include inheritable permissions from this object's parent
- Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object
If you are not a Windows 8 or later OS user, jump to Step 4.
For Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 and later:
Click on "Change" button near "TrustedInstaller" as shown in following image:
It'll open new dialog box. Now type your username and click on "Check Names" button. It'll automatically convert the username to correct format.
Now click on OK button.
4. Now select your username in first dialog box and check the "Allow" checkbox given for "Full Control" option.
5. That's it. Click on Apply and OK buttons and you'll now have full permission on the registry key.
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