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TakeControl: Change Log

Version 1.0

Initial release of TakeControl. This version allows you to take control of individual files/directories or the entire directory content at once.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 01 Oct 2008 10:16:07 +0000

Version 2.0

Starting with this version of TakeControl, you can not only give yourself permission to access files and directories, but you also has the ability to provide the same access to everyone (any user). This new feature is extremely helpful for file servers with network shared files and directories. The following two interfaces are added to help you accomplish this task.

  • Public Access
  • Public Access All Content

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 31 Oct 2008 09:01:34 +0000

Version 2.01

Minor bug fix to the installation/uninstallation batch file and the shortcuts. The bug fix allows TakeControl to be installed and used on all international versions of Windows XP and Vista.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 17 Dec 2008 22:06:57 +0000

Version 2.02

Minor bug fix, where the "Public Access" shortcuts were still pointing to the "Take Control" programs.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:32:12 +0000

Version 2.03

Minor bug fix to make the software more robust for users that doesn't have a defined temp path.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:56:41 +0000

Version 2.04

Fixed a bug that prevented you from taking control of an entire drive. With this new version, you can drag-and-drop an entire drive onto TakeControl to change the permission of the entire drive content.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 08 Aug 2010 22:12:14 +0000

Version 2.05

Fixed a bug where TakeControl could not handle '&' character in file and directory names. This new version will have no problem handling the '&' character.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:39:15 +0300

Version 3.0

Microsoft Windows 8 made its digital rights management even more strict. Even if your user account has administrator rights, the programs you execute do not execute with that privilege by default. That means TakeControl no longer works on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

So we have updated the latest version of TakeControl to elevate its privilege up to the administrator level when you run it. This latest version of TakeControl works on Microsoft Windows 8.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:08:58 +0300

Version 3.1

The previous version of TakeControl spawns multiple windows to change owner and permission of files. The new windows would take focus away from your primary task, meaning you can't do any work while TakeControl is changing permission on large number of files.

In this new version, we hid the new windows, therefore, you can continue to work while TakeControl processes the files in the background.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:02:42 +0400

Version 3.2

Found some special cases with file names that TakeControl couldn't process. With this update, TakeControl could handle a variety of special cases in file names.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 09 May 2017 19:34:52 -0700

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