Microsoft® Windows® File Protection Disable
Importance of Windows file protection
In recent times, Windows file protection has been a major focus for home users and organizations alike. If you have some files that you would like to keep private, there are a number of ways to make this a reality by means of file encryption. One of the best methods to shield files against modifications is to assign it with unique privileges and keep certain users from having full rights on the PC where the file resides. Even though encrypted files can now-a-days be accessed by anyone of great expertise, this method certainly limits most types of intrusion. Another more apparent ways include purchasing file encryption software or merely saving your files on external storage devices such as a flash memory drive, but you run the risk of losing it some day. So, keep a backup somewhere as well.
Following are some information about Windows file protection and procedure to disable it:
- Working of Windows file protection
- Usefulness of Windows file protection
- Steps to disable Windows file protection
Working of Windows file protection
Windows file protection protects files in your PC by running in the background and then detecting attempts to replace these files. Windows file protection is triggered when it receives a directory change notification on any file in a protected directory. Once the notification is being received, Windows file protection determines which file was altered. If the file is protected, Windows file protection looks up the file signature to verify if the new file is the correct Microsoft version. If it is not, the Operating System substitutes the file with the right version from the dllcache directory or the distribution media. After detecting the replacement of the protected file, Windows file protection searches for the substituted files in dllcache directory, CD etc. If the file is found Windows file protection replaces the file devoid of prompting the user. On the other hand, if the file is not found, Windows file protection displays a dialog box that prompts the user to either insert distribution media or cancel the restore operation.
Usefulness of Windows file protection
In Windows operating systems, the Windows file protection feature avoids overwriting or replacement of some of the system files. This helps a lot because overwriting shared system files can result in unpredictable system performance that ranges from application errors to operating system crashes. System instability has been a common problem which is caused by non-standard replacement of system files. By preventing the replacement of these indispensable system files, file version mismatches are evaded, and the overall stability of the PC is improved.
As the first step, log onto your computer as the administrator, as only the administrator can make changes to File Protection. After that open your registry or registry key on your PC to locate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion Winlogon". You will have to then change the value of SFCDisable (REG_DWORD) in this registry to disable Windows file protection. Now you should set SFCDisable to 1 to disable File Protection. You possibly will have to type "SFCDisable = 1" in the registry field, or simply click "SFCDisable = 1” and choose "No" in the Warning dialog box to completely disable File Protection.
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