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Need native Windows NT API to either delete, rename or move a read-ony file on boot up

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I wrote a simple program using DDK that smss.exe fires off. It deletes the specified file and outputs the results to the blue screen before login. It works fine as long as the file is not read-only. From what I have read, this is normal behavior. I figured the work around is to change the attributes of the file before it is deleted, rename the file or move the file. The problem is that I cannot seem to find much info on this. I think I can use NtOpenFile, NtQueryInformationFile and NtSetInformationFile to rename or change attributes, but not sure how. Any help would be appreciated.

Here is the working code for deleting files that are not read-only:
//nt.c

#include "ntddk.h"
#include "nt.h"  

HANDLE Heap;
PWCHAR fileNameStringBuffer;
RTL_HEAP_DEFINITION  heapParams;
UNICODE_STRING filePathString;
OBJECT_ATTRIBUTES ObjectAttributes;
UNICODE_STRING del_SUCCEEDED,del_ERROR;
PWCHAR success_stringBuffer,error_stringbuffer; 

void kill(PWCHAR name){        
	NTSTATUS status;         
	filePathString.Buffer=fileNameStringBuffer;        
	filePathString.Length=wcslen( name ) * sizeof(WCHAR);         
	filePathString.MaximumLength=filePathString.Length + sizeof(WCHAR);        
	ObjectAttributes.Length = sizeof(OBJECT_ATTRIBUTES);        
	ObjectAttributes.RootDirectory=NULL;        
	ObjectAttributes.ObjectName=&filePathString;        
	ObjectAttributes.Attributes = OBJ_CASE_INSENSITIVE| OBJ_INHERIT;         
	ObjectAttributes.SecurityQualityOfService=NULL;        
	ObjectAttributes.SecurityDescriptor=NULL;        
	status=NtDeleteFile(&ObjectAttributes);        

	if ((NTSTATUS)(status) >= 0) {                  
		NtDisplayString(&filePathString);                  
		NtDisplayString(&del_SUCCEEDED);        
	}else{
		NtDisplayString(&del_ERROR);        
	}

}

void NtProcessStartup( PSTARTUP_ARGUMENT Argument){                   
	memset( &heapParams, 0, sizeof( RTL_HEAP_DEFINITION ));        
	heapParams.Length = sizeof( RTL_HEAP_DEFINITION );        
	Heap = RtlCreateHeap( 2, 0, 0x100000, 0x1000, 0, &heapParams );         
	fileNameStringBuffer= RtlAllocateHeap( Heap, 0, 256 );        
	success_stringBuffer=RtlAllocateHeap(Heap,0,20);        
	success_stringBuffer=L"....Deleted!\n";        
	del_SUCCEEDED.Buffer=success_stringBuffer;        
	del_SUCCEEDED.Length=wcslen( success_stringBuffer ) * sizeof(WCHAR);         
	del_SUCCEEDED.MaximumLength = del_SUCCEEDED.Length + sizeof(WCHAR);         
	error_stringbuffer=RtlAllocateHeap(Heap,0,20);        
	error_stringbuffer=L"....ERROR!\n";        
	del_ERROR.Buffer=error_stringbuffer;        
	del_ERROR.Length=wcslen(error_stringbuffer) * sizeof(WCHAR);        
	del_ERROR.MaximumLength = del_ERROR.Length + sizeof(WCHAR);         
	fileNameStringBuffer=L"\\??\\c:\\test\\test.exe";        
	kill(fileNameStringBuffer);          
	RtlFreeHeap( Heap, 0, fileNameStringBuffer );           
	NtTerminateProcess( NtCurrentProcess(), 0 );
}

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//nt.h
typedef struct {
	ULONG Unknown[21];
	UNICODE_STRING CommandLine; 
	UNICODE_STRING ImageFile;
} ENVIRONMENT_INFORMATION, *PENVIRONMENT_INFORMATION;


//// This structure is passed as NtProcessStartup's parameter
typedef struct {        
	ULONG Unknown[3];        
	PENVIRONMENT_INFORMATION  Environment;
} STARTUP_ARGUMENT, *PSTARTUP_ARGUMENT;


//// Data structure for heap definition. This includes various
// sizing parameters and callback routines, which, if left NULL,
// result in default behavior
typedef struct {        
	ULONG Length;        
	ULONG Unknown[11];
} RTL_HEAP_DEFINITION, *PRTL_HEAP_DEFINITION;

//Native NT API functions

NTSTATUS NTAPI NtTerminateProcess(HANDLE ProcessHandle, LONG ExitStatus);

NTSTATUS NTAPI NtDisplayString(PUNICODE_STRING String);

HANDLE NTAPI RtlCreateHeap(ULONG Flags, PVOID BaseAddress, ULONG SizeToReserve, ULONG SizeToCommit, PVOID Unknown,PRTL_HEAP_DEFINITION Definition);

PVOID NTAPI RtlAllocateHeap(HANDLE Heap, ULONG Flags, ULONG Size);

BOOLEAN NTAPI RtlFreeHeap(HANDLE Heap, ULONG Flags, PVOID Address);

NTSYSAPI NTSTATUS NTAPI NtDeleteFile(IN POBJECT_ATTRIBUTES ObjectAttributes);

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Have you looked at http://www.osronline.com/article.cfm?article=85, which talks about the rename operation in detail?
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thats what I needed, thanks
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