So, apparently Vista does something that is actually kind of smart. If a program tries to put preference files, etc into the "
Program Files" directory, it dumps them elsewhere so that they are still going to be user specific. (This is all hypothesis!) Anyway I was trying to move my scores from WinXP to Vista for "Snoodoku" and this was the solution. http://www.wordofmousegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2134
Well, I found it myself, so figured I'd post the solution for future users.
Apparently, Vista merges two directories when a program is trying to store preference files in the Program Files directory. So the file was actually hidden away in
More info from Microsoft.
"sudo" for Vista
"elevate" acts as sudo
Stopping a Windows Executable from Running
To prevent a file from being created, in the past I have created a folder with the same name. This lets you stop a file from running (the example used is a worm executable):
- Create a registry key with the name of the process you want to prevent to execute. Ex.:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\calc.exe
- Under this new key you've just created, create a SZ value called "Debugger" and set it to the following value:
SZ Debugger = "cmd.exe /c echo %time% %date% calc.exe >> c:\ExecBlocked.log"
From http://blogs.technet.com/marcelofartura/archive/2006/10/24/a-virus-infection-contolling-the-outbreak-tip.aspx with slight mods by me.