This one is strictly for Windows customization lovers who like to personalize Windows by replacing default system files with edited ones. As you may know, one needs to take the ownership of a system file in Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 before editing or replacing it.
When it comes to taking ownership of system files in Windows, we have a number of options. We can use the native Command Prompt to take ownership, use the context menu option, or take help of free utilities for the same job.
Regular readers of IntoWindows will surely know about a handful of utilities to take ownership and replace system files. TakeOwnershipEx is another free utility (from the makers of popular Personalization Panel) to take ownership of files in Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.
Using this application is pretty easy. Run the software, click Take Ownership button to browse to the file that you want to edit, rename, or replace. Select the file to see “Target was successfully processed” message. You can then use tools such as Anolis Resourcer or Resource Tuner to edit the file.
The Restore Ownership option cab be used to restore the original ownership status of the file.
Please note that TakeOwnershipEx is not a standalone software. That is, you need to install the software before running it. We suggest you create a system restore point before editing or replacing original system files. To create a restore point, you can either follow our how to create system restore points manually or use third-party software such as Quick Restore Maker.
TakeOwnershipEx is completely free and works fine on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista, Windows 7, and the latest Windows 8 as well. We tested it on Windows 8 (x64) and can confirm that it works flawlessly.