All Windows software and system settings are stored in the Windows registry. That’s why so many Windows tutorials you can find here will require you to add, change, or delete Windows registry keys.
But sometimes when you intend to change or delete a registry key, Windows may crash it. This is because your user account or even the administrator account does not have full ownership or permissions for this particular key. To edit protected or system critical registry keys, you must assume full ownership of this key.
Here we will show you how to do it.
Take Full Ownership of Windows Registry Keys
It’s easy to take complete control of Windows registry keys, but before doing anything, always make sure you have a good backup before messing with the Windows registry.
To start, press Win + R, type
regedit and press the Enter button to open the Windows Registry.
After opening the Windows registry, navigate to the key you want to grab. In our case, we are trying to disable a key that will make the command prompt appear in its context menu with the right mouse button. Disable the key and you will get the command prompt when you right click. Looking good!
After you get to the registry key you want, right-click on it and select the Permissions option. While taking ownership, you cannot directly assume the values in the right pane. Instead, you must take ownership or permissions for the entire key.
The above action opens the authorization window. Click here on “Advanced” to change the special permissions.
Click Change next to Owner at the top, then type Administrators in the Object name field and click OK.
In the Permissions window, double-click Administrators, select the Full Control check box, and click OK.
That’s all you have to do. From now on, you can change or delete the target Windows registry key.
If you find the manual procedure quite cumbersome, you can use the free RegOwnit software. Just download the app and run it. Since it is a portable application, it is not necessary to install it.
Once the application opens, enter the location of the registration key in the Registration Address field. Now select the user account and permissions and click the Apply button to take full ownership of the target registry key.
That’s all you have to do, and it’s very easy to get full ownership of a Windows registry key using the manual method or the free application like RegOwnit.