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Save changes to compmgmt.msc on Windows 7

Posted on 2011-03-14
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Does anyone know how to save changes to an original msc in Windows 7?  In Windows XP I could right click on the msc (compmgmt.msc for example) and select Author, then I could go in make my changes and save the file.  In Windows 7 I can open the msc in Author mode but Save is greyed out.

I've tried taking ownership and giving myself full control of the msc I want to edit, but even after I've done save is still greyed out when I open in Author mode.  I've read a post somewhere that you have to "Run as Administrator" to save it, but how do I run it as administrator into author mode.  I'm not even sure that's the correct answer.

I would love an answer to this if anyone has figured it out because constantly sizing the windows is getting extremely annoying.

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Question by:baytex_it
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by:Aegil
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Try the following:
right click the desktop and make a new short cut to compmgmt.msc for example then when you have created this and have the link on your desktop right click the link and select run as administrator and then that should start the application with full administrative privileges
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by:baytex_it
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Hi Aegil,

Thanks for the response, but it doesn't really answer my question.  I've already been able to launch the application with full administrative privileges, but when I do that I don't have a Save option under the File menu because the console hasn't been opened in Author mode.  As I said, I don't even know if opening a console with full admin privileges in Author mode is even possible and if it is possible if it's even the solution.

All I want to do is be able to change settings on a console and save them so when I open it again they are saved.  It was easy to do in Windows XP, but I can't figure it out in Windows 7.

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by:baytex_it
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Maybe an image will help explain it a little better.


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by:Aegil
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You could try saving the msc to your desktop and then replacing the original file within system32. As for the reason why its not visible in the first place I'm not sure, I will see if I can get a windows 7 machine to test.
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by:dbarker2
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Try starting the MMC from the Run command and add the /a switch to it. This will place MMC in author mode and should allow you to save changes.

compmgmt.msc /a
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I never did figure out a way to save changes to the compmgmt.msc file, but I did eventually find a way to make the right-click > Manage launch a custom mmc that I made and was therefore able to customize.

•      To change what launches follow this procedure:
o      Make a copy of %SystemRoot%\System32\compmgmt.msc leave it in the same directory and call it whatever you like, but don’t use spaces in the name
o      Open Regedit and navigate to the following key HKCR\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Manage\command
o      You’ll notice that there is a single Default value that has a data string of %SystemRoot%\System32\CompMgmtLauncher.exe
o      So now we have a value we can change to launch a program of our choice when we click Mange from the right-click menu of Computer
o      We are going to change this value to launch the copy we made of compmgmt.msc in the first step
o      You cannot directly launch an .msc file so we have to pass it as a parameter to the mmc.exe application
o      Assuming you named your file compmgmt_custom.msc you would use the following command to launch your custom msc file.  Do not use any quotes and as stated previously do not have any spaces in the path to your custom .msc
•      %SystemRoot%\System32\mmc.exe %SystemRoot%\System32\compmgmt_custom.msc
o      Now when your select Manage from the right-click menu of Computer you will launch your custom .msc rather than the original compmgmt.msc
o      If you wish to make changes to the appearance of you custom .msc go to where it’s located, right-click on it and select Author, make your changes and File > Save the file
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I was never able to figure out out to save changes to compmgmt.msc but I was able to find a way to launch a program that I wanted.
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