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file not detected by "DIR" command?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Greg Wells, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Greg Wells

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    Here's a strange problem I found:

    1. On Windows 7, copy the file WinCmdRef.chm to the Windows\System32 directory. (This file can be found on the Microsoft site, I believe.)

    2. Open up a 4NT command window (As Administrator). Change directory (CD) to the Windows\System32 folder.

    3. Type "dir *.chm".

    4. This file will not appear in the list of files found!

    Any thoughts here? If I do the same using the Windows Command Prompt instead of 4NT, everything works fine.

    Thanks.
    Greg
     
  2. Charles Dye

    Charles Dye Super Moderator
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    Re: file not detected by "DIR" command?

    64-bit version of Windows?
     
  3. rconn

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    -----Original Message-----
    Here's a strange problem I found:

    1. On Windows 7, copy the file WinCmdRef.chm to the Windows\System32
    directory. (This file can be found on the Microsoft site, I believe.)

    2. Open up a 4NT command window (As Administrator). Change directory (CD) to
    the Windows\System32 folder.

    3. Type "dir *.chm".

    4. This file will not appear in the list of files found!

    Any thoughts here? If I do the same using the Windows Command Prompt instead
    of 4NT, everything works fine.

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

    I presume you're using the x64 version of Windows 7?

    If so, this a Windows "featue" -- it's remapping the directories of the
    32-bit apps so they can't see the 64-bit directories like (the misnamed)
    Windows\System32.

    You can work around it by turning off Win64 redirection in 4NT (assuming
    you're using a relatively recent version), or by switching to he new 64-bit
    version 11.

    Rex Conn
    JP Software
     
  4. Greg Wells

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    Yes, it is the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
    Thanks for helping me out - it was confusing because I was only seeing it with 4NT.

    I just upgraded to v10 last week. Is v11 availabe now or just in Beta? If Beta, when will it release?

    Thanks again!
    Greg
     
  5. rconn

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    v11 is in public beta now; we don't have a firm release date for it yet, but thus far there have been relatively few problems.
     

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