This has to be easy! Tell a program not to open a file

Scott Morrow scott at
Tue Apr 15 21:14:01 CDT 2008

Scott Kane posted that tip in July. ( It was "update.exe")

In one of my apps I now install the executable with a name of  
"update.exe" just so that it can set the registry on first run even if  
Vista uac is on. Then it changes its name to a more reasonable one  
just before quitting the first run.

-Scott Morrow

Elementary Software
(Now with 20% less chalk dust !)
email   scott at


On Apr 15, 2008, at 3:56 PM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 8:47 AM, Mark Schonewille
> <m.schonewille at> wrote:
>> So... let me rephrase that question. Is there a way to run my app in
>> administrator modus, without having to ask the user to open the  
>> properties
>> window and set admin mode manually?
> There is a way that I read about and I'm not sure that I remember it
> exactly, but apparently if your app's file name is "Install.exe" or
> maybe it was "Setup.exe", then Vista automatically puts you into admin
> mode. This seems such an enormous security flaw that I can't believe
> they actually do it, but you might like to give it a test.
> Sarah
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