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By slakejr ·
I vaguely remember reading something about this a long time back, but now Google searches reveal nothing to answer my question.

I have a process that uses a specific telnet.exe application, not the standard windows telnet.exe. Whenever I remove or rename telnet.exe from the \winnt\system32 directory, and place mine there, it is always overwritten the next time I restart the PC. I can probably get around this by changing the environment variables and moving \winnt\system32 behind the directory where my special telnet.exe resides, however this is a band-aid, not a solution.

I?m looking for an explanation as to what is going on and how to resolve the issue. Thank you in advance.

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by scott.heath In reply to Remove/Overwrite System F ...

Here are two ways to do this. One leaves file protection on but allows you to replace one file and the other is to turn file protection off.

This is for notepad but I think the same procedure would apply to any protected file.

http://www.notepad-replacements.com/notepadxp.html

This will help you disable file protection.

http://www.computersgcs.co.uk/xptweaking.htm

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by slakejr In reply to Remove/Overwrite System F ...

thank you for the info.

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by TheChas In reply to Remove/Overwrite System F ...

Most programs look in their folder for needed files before going elsewhere.

Perhaps, you can place the older telnet file in the programs folder.
Or, if you have access to the source code for the process, specify the full path to where telnet is to be located.

Chas

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by slakejr In reply to Remove/Overwrite System F ...

This is what I was trying to avoid doing. Thank you anyway.

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by SantoshKini In reply to Remove/Overwrite System F ...

This happens because it is a feature of Windows 2000 OS. A copy og all the system files like exe's, dll's,etc in Winnt\System32 folder are also present in Winnt\System32\dllcache folder(which can be seen by unchecking "Hide protected Operating System files" under Folder options).
Remove the said file from dllcache folder and then overwrite the file in Winnt\System32 folder and then check your application.

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by slakejr In reply to Remove/Overwrite System F ...

Succinct. Thank you very much... You answered my how question directly, however I accepted Scott's answer since he provided links which provided a lot more insight. Thank you.

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