Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win


How do i disable Windows File Protection

Posted on 2003-10-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Hi Guys,

Can someone please let me know how i would go about disabling Windows File Protection on PCs running Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 & 4. I believe Microsoft prevented it being done from service pack 2 onwards. I tried adding the value FFFFFF9D to the Data Type REG_DWORD for SFCDisable that resides in the winlogon key in regedit, but is doesn't work.

The reason for me wanting to do this is because i want to delete all the games that reside within the system32 directory and have Windows File Protection not replace them.


Question by:Notorious
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
LVL 49

Expert Comment

ID: 9650927

Author Comment

ID: 9651696
Excuse my ignorance but what is a Hex Editor and where do i find one.


Accepted Solution

coopey247 earned 280 total points
ID: 9653104
There is an easier and safer way of removing the games than disabling WFS.  Open c:\winnt\inf\sysoc.inf  This is the main INF file that controls Add/Remove Programs.  Remove "hide"  from this line


This file controls what Windows Components you see and can add/remove.  They should look like this:


Save that file and open Add/Remove Prog->Add/Remove Windows Component->Accessories and Utilities and you can uninstall the games and still have that nice warm fuzzy feeling that WFP gives you.........

Author Comment

ID: 9656452
Thank you very much.


Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Here in this article, you will get a step by step guidance on how to restore an Exchange database to a recovery database. Get a brief on Recovery Database and how it can be used to restore Exchange database in this section!
This tutorial will teach you the special effect of super speed similar to the fictional character Wally West aka "The Flash" After Shake : http://www.videocopilot.net/presets/after_shake/ All lightning effects with instructions : http://www.mediaf…
In this video, Percona Solution Engineer Rick Golba discuss how (and why) you implement high availability in a database environment. To discuss how Percona Consulting can help with your design and architecture needs for your database and infrastr…

598 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question