RegOwnit: Take full control & ownership of Windows registry keys

At times when editing the Windows registry keys you may receive a dialog box with the message: Error Creating Key – Cannot create key: You do not have the requisite permission to create a new key. This is because the Windows operating system will not allow you to make changes in certain system critical registry keys. This is where our freeware RegOwnit can help.

Take ownership of registry keys

While you can always manually take full control of Windows registry keys, the process is a bit lengthy. RegOwnit is a standalone tool that lets you do so easily! It allows you to take ownership of a Registry key using Administrator, HomeUsers or the current Logged On User account.

You have to simply select the location of the registry key and enter the name of the key you want to take control of in the space provided. Then choose the user account and then whether you want to apply Full or Read Only Permissions to a Registry Key. Having done that enter the registry key name in the space provided and click Apply.

RegOwnit v1.0 has been developed by Lee Whittington for The Windows Club. It has been tested on Windows 7. Nevertheless, if you face issues, you may give your feedback here at The Windows Club Forum, where its developer Lee, will be happy to help out. Donations made go to its developer Lee and not to The Windows Club.

It is strongly recommended that you first backup your Windows registry and create a system restore point before making any changes to your system. This tool has to be used very carefully, and changing permissions indiscriminately may make your PC insecure or cause other serious problems.

How to Take Ownership and Full Control Permissions of Files & Folders in Windows manually or by using Ultimate Windows Tweaker may also interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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