WinOwnership: Gain Full Control Permissions For Windows System Files via Drag Drop Share
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You may know that Windows doesn’t grant full file access permissions to users who belong to Administrators and Users group, including file write/modify, delete, rename etc., and the default owner of system files is TrustedInstaller (system user). In order to modify, rename or delete a system file, one needs to follow the default method of changing system file ownership. Today, we stumbled across a nifty file permission utility called WinOwnership, which is designed to let users easily gain full file access control over system files, with a click. All you need is to drag a file over the application, and it tells you whether you have full access to the file or not. You can hit Apply to instantly change the owner of the file. In addition, you can undo the changes anytime you want. The application is particularly useful for those who often need to grant and deny user access permissions to certain files.

Upon launch, the first thing you will notice is its minimalistic UI. First off, drag the system file you want to take ownership of, over the application window. The application will show you the Item name, Item type and Status of the item (current full access state), which is also represented by a cross sign to the right. Clicking Apply button gives you full control over the selected file.

Permission Granted

In case, you want to restore the changes, simply click the Undo button at the bottom right, and it will give ownership of file to TrustedInstaller.


In a nutshell, this tool offers a handy detour for quickly taking file ownership for any file. It works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions are supported.

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