Vista system files win.ini / _default.pif

Posted: 11-09-2008, 08:19 PM
I am writing an MSI installation package which needs to give Users
access to win.ini and _default.pif, and further to overwrite
_default.pif with a new file. Both of these are in the system root
directory which is usually c:\windows

The code I have come up with is;

takeown /A /F %systemroot%\win.ini

takeown /A /F %systemroot%\_default.pif

icacls %systemroot%\_default.pif /grant Users:F

icacls %systemroot%\win.ini /grant Users:F

This works for Vista. However \windows\_default.pif is a windows
protected file so when the installer tries to write to it, it fails
and the original file remains in place. How can I get around windows
file protection so my installer can write a new _default.pif file?
Alternatively how can I edit the _default.pif file in the MSI install
so the "close window on exit" checkbox gets unchecked, which is what I
am trying to achieve?

Next question. How can I differentiate between XP and Vista in my
batch file / command script? I can find no environment variable to
tell me which version of Windows is running, although there is a ver
command to tell the user the version number. Can I pipe the output of
the ver command somehow to get the version number, how would I do
this, and is there a simpler way using a return code from a small C
program or something?

Thanks very much for answers. Sorry about the mega crosspost but I
really need to find some answers to these questions.

Vista system files win.ini / _default.pif


Responses to "Vista system files win.ini / _default.pif"

x64@favorite.my
Guest
Posts: n/a
 
Re: Vista system files win.ini / _default.pif
Posted: 11-10-2008, 07:22 AM
I think the file _default.pif cannot be overwritten by my MSI because
it is under Windows File Protection. Even if I delete the file the MSI
still cannot write a new _default.pif

Is there any way around this?



On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 20:19:05 +0000, x64@favorite.my wrote:
>I am writing an MSI installation package which needs to give Users
>access to win.ini and _default.pif, and further to overwrite
>_default.pif with a new file. Both of these are in the system root
>directory which is usually c:\windows
>
>The code I have come up with is;
>
>takeown /A /F %systemroot%\win.ini
>
>takeown /A /F %systemroot%\_default.pif
>
>icacls %systemroot%\_default.pif /grant Users:F
>
>icacls %systemroot%\win.ini /grant Users:F
>
>This works for Vista. However \windows\_default.pif is a windows
>protected file so when the installer tries to write to it, it fails
>and the original file remains in place. How can I get around windows
>file protection so my installer can write a new _default.pif file?
>Alternatively how can I edit the _default.pif file in the MSI install
>so the "close window on exit" checkbox gets unchecked, which is what I
>am trying to achieve?
>
>Next question. How can I differentiate between XP and Vista in my
>batch file / command script? I can find no environment variable to
>tell me which version of Windows is running, although there is a ver
>command to tell the user the version number. Can I pipe the output of
>the ver command somehow to get the version number, how would I do
>this, and is there a simpler way using a return code from a small C
>program or something?
>
>Thanks very much for answers. Sorry about the mega crosspost but I
>really need to find some answers to these questions.
x64@favorite.my
Guest
Posts: n/a
 
Re: Vista system files win.ini / _default.pif
Posted: 11-11-2008, 08:52 AM
I do the following;

takeown /A /F C:\Windows

icacls C:\Windows /grant Users:F /inheritance:e

takeown /A /F %systemroot%\win.ini

takeown /A /F %systemroot%\_default.pif

icacls %systemroot%\win.ini /grant Users:F

icacls %systemroot%\_default.pif /grant Users:F


But my MSI install package still does not overwrite _default.pif.
However I can use "copy" command to overwrite _default.pif.

How do I get MSI install package to overwrite the file, what do I need
to do? I could perhaps install _default.pif in some other directory
and issue a "copy" command but that would be a roundabout and indirect
way of doing it.
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
 


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Forum Jump


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vista system files win.ini / _default.pif x64@favorite.my Windows Vista File Management 2 11-11-2008 08:52 AM
Backup Vista System Files cefpe Windows Vista Performance & Maintenance 1 02-09-2007 11:22 PM
_default.pif edit Random SBU Student Windows Vista Performance & Maintenance 0 02-07-2007 04:43 PM
Vista and NOT Authorized Acess to system files Jeff Windows Vista 0 09-23-2006 03:06 PM
Deleting vista system files from xp FireFox Windows Vista Install & Setup 1 07-14-2006 06:08 AM