Explorer.exe and "Trusted Installer"

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by eaponte23, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. eaponte23

    eaponte23 MDL Member

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    I tried using a modified explorer.exe from a new theme I'm trying out but can't get my original explorer.exe backed up. Don't have privileges due to trusted installer not allowing me to do anything. Googled and all I can come up with are Vista threads that haven't helped me much. Anyone know how I can fix this?
     
  2. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

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    You have to take ownership of explorer.exe.
     
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  3. eaponte23

    eaponte23 MDL Member

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    I failed to mention that I do have the context menu option to "Take Ownership" but it fails to show up when I right-click on the explorer.exe... Any other way of taking ownership?
     
  4. ozzyboy

    ozzyboy MDL Member

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    #4 ozzyboy, Nov 15, 2009
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  5. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Yeah, ozzy's right. U need UxStyle to be able to modify explorer.exe, and many other system files.
     
  6. eaponte23

    eaponte23 MDL Member

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    Hmmm, could've sworn that I never had to use UXstyles before :confused:... I've backed it up before without having to use anything other than "Take Ownership".

    Oh well I'll check it out. Thanks guys :)
     
  7. ozzyboy

    ozzyboy MDL Member

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    Just I have learned the lesson :p

     
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  8. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    icacls and takeown will do it but you have to learn the commands :p
     
  9. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    are you trying to rename explorer?
     
  10. eaponte23

    eaponte23 MDL Member

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    Yes rename and put in the new explorer.exe
     
  11. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    #13 PAYMYRENT, Nov 16, 2009
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    open notepad

    copy the code then save as backup.cmd then right click and run as administrator
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    takeown.exe /f %WINDIR%\explorer.exe
    
    icacls.exe %WINDIR%\explorer.exe /grant administrator:f
    
    copy %WINDIR%\explorer.exe %WINDIR%\explorer.exe.bak
    
    
     
  12. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    #14 Rosco, Nov 16, 2009
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    Explorer is always running so this creates a backup, right? But how does this help install a modified explorer.exe?
     
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  13. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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  14. eaponte23

    eaponte23 MDL Member

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    Paymyrent, didn't work for me :eek:

    Thanks Genuine555, that worked. Somehow Trustedinstaller wouldn't get his/her hands off my explorer.exe without your help :D

    Rosco you can rename explorer.exe... I just did :eek:
     
  15. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    lol did you run as administrator cuz it works fine for me
     
  16. eaponte23

    eaponte23 MDL Member

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    lol yeah it did... In my frustration I forgot to run as admin. I was so used to getting denied by Trustedinstaller I guess I started to think like a user ;) Works fine thanks alot bud.
     
  17. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Took a look at your little patch. That's a neat little fix. Simple and effective. Gonna save that one myself. Is it ok for you if I should use it in future threads ? Off course I'll make the reference to you...
     
  18. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    its all good with me you can tweak it or you can change it however you want