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Faking an OS Name

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So, I've got an application that Ive found that will only run under certain versions of Windows. Is there any way for me to lie to it when it checks the OS version so that it thinks its Vista Ultimate and not XP Pro (please don't ask why, its a really weird thing...)
Aug 26 '08 #1
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There seems to be possible indeed. This blog (it's in Japanese, but under the pictures there's a short description in English) offers a script, which will edit the registry and make certain programs think that you're using Windows XP instead of Windows 2000, allowing you to download and install Google Chrome. Now, I don't quite understands, how it works, but here's the .reg file it is done with:
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  1. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  3. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options]
  5. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\IEXP.exe]
  6. "ApplicationGoo"=hex:56,00,00,00,52,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
  7.   00,01,00,00,00,4a,00,00,00,3c,fd,06,00,05,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,28,0a,00,00,\
  8.   02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
  9.   00,20,00,50,00,61,00,63,00,6b,00,20,00,33,00,00,00
  11. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ChromeSetup.exe]
  12. "ApplicationGoo"=hex:56,00,00,00,52,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
  13.   00,01,00,00,00,4a,00,00,00,3c,fd,06,00,05,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,28,0a,00,00,\
  14.   02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
  15.   00,20,00,50,00,61,00,63,00,6b,00,20,00,33,00,00,00
  17. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\chrome_installer.exe]
  18. "ApplicationGoo"=hex:56,00,00,00,52,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
  19.   00,01,00,00,00,4a,00,00,00,3c,fd,06,00,05,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,28,0a,00,00,\
  20.   02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
  21.   00,20,00,50,00,61,00,63,00,6b,00,20,00,33,00,00,00
  23. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\GoogleUpdate.exe]
  24. "ApplicationGoo"=hex:56,00,00,00,52,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
  25.   00,01,00,00,00,4a,00,00,00,3c,fd,06,00,05,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,28,0a,00,00,\
  26.   02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
  27.   00,20,00,50,00,61,00,63,00,6b,00,20,00,33,00,00,00
  29. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\setup.exe]
  30. "ApplicationGoo"=hex:56,00,00,00,52,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
  31.   00,01,00,00,00,4a,00,00,00,3c,fd,06,00,05,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,28,0a,00,00,\
  32.   02,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,53,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
  33.   00,20,00,50,00,61,00,63,00,6b,00,20,00,33,00,00,00
Now, remember this is for Windows 2000 to seem like XP, not XP to seem like Vista. But you may be able to build something with it.

Sep 5 '08 #2

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