Can't edit shell32.dll.mui

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  1. benzeb666

    benzeb666 MDL Novice

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    #1 benzeb666, Aug 26, 2013
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    I need Test Mode on, but don't want the ugly watermark. I have Windows 8 Home Premium 64 bit Build 9200. I am trying to remove Test Mode from my desktop, but when I edit shell32.dll.mui, it won't let me save it. If I save it to the desktop, I can copy it over to the original folder, but when I open to check if strings are still gone, they are back! If I copy it back out, they are magically gone again! I have complete ownership of the file. Please help. Any suggestions?
     
  2. benzeb666

    benzeb666 MDL Novice

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    Sorry, yes the watermark. Windows 8, 64 bit, and I believe the edition is Home Premium.

    EDIT: And I NEED test mode on!
     
  3. redroad

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  4. benzeb666

    benzeb666 MDL Novice

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    Yes, and it didn't work because somehow my shell32.dll.mui keeps readding the strings when I place it back into the folder.
     
  5. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    Do you have UAC enabled or launch as admin? or this
     
  6. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    There is no such thing as Windows 8 Home Premium. There is only Core, Pro, Enterprise & RT
     
  7. benzeb666

    benzeb666 MDL Novice

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    Yes, and that tool does not work, I think it is my version that conflicts with it.
     
  8. benzeb666

    benzeb666 MDL Novice

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    Sorry, the Windows Editions spot is blank when I check, don't know what it is for sure.
     
  9. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    #10 murphy78, Aug 26, 2013
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    It probably requires icacls to add admin rights. Most system files are set to TrustedInstaller and you have to run the permissions prog to add it.
    There's a neat reg file you can use to add right-click ownership taking, but don't ask me how to set it back...

    AddTakeown.reg
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
    @="Take Ownership"
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
    @="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
    "IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
    
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
    @="Take Ownership"
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
    @="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
    "IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
    removetakeown.reg
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
    
    
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
    
    
    
    Use at your own risk.
     
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  10. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    #11 redroad, Aug 26, 2013
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    From cmd as admin type
    Code:
    slmgr.vbs /dlv
    to find version
     
  11. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Completely blank, or does it show Windows 8? In latter case it would be the Core Edition.
     
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  12. benzeb666

    benzeb666 MDL Novice

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    Yes, it is core edition. And taking ownership does not fix the problem. Sorry for the late reply.
     
  13. ace2

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    #14 ace2, Sep 7, 2013
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    Have you made sure the Read-only Attributes for shell32.dll.mui is unselected.