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Hello--

I was wondering if anyone out there has the code to read and/or change the program information files (.PIF)? Thanks for any help!

Ian
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Go to http://wotsit.org/ and do a search on "pif" (without the quotes).

The format of a PIF file is there...



Cheers!®©
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mcrider:

Microsoft gives severe caveats about PIF files.. as their formats are heavily Windows Version (and Version within a Version) dependent. As such MS, does not support or publish any PIF documentation.What makes matters worse, the little MS PIF b*stards use check digiting to thwart updating attempts.

This is really a very hard question as to the fact, that I have yet to know anyone that has version independently, reliably cracked the PIF format.

I will follow this question with GREAT interest.. <smile>.
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Check out "http://www.thescarms.com/VBasic/" and search for "shortcut"
The article "Create Shortcuts (Shell Links) with iShellLnk" and sample code is a partial implementation of the IShelllink interface.  As I recall it works for both PIF and LNK files.  I have no idea about version dependency since I have worked only with LNK.


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Sorry it took so long! I've been out of town..
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Thanks for the points! Glad I could help!

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