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  • Fooling progs to think i have other version of windows

    Hello All!

    Huston i have a problem

    I have bought HP printer. All in one, with scanner and fax... When i'm trying to install it (the drivers) like they say (running program from their CD). Their program performce a system check and finds out that i have Win 2003. Then it says it doen't support it and i need Win XP.

    When i'm installing the drivers manually (Add new hardware) They are installed fine, the printer works fine and the fax. But there is a problem with the scanner. Programs won't work with it. I believe i need their software and proper installation procedure.

    The question is, how do i make the program to think that i have XP? Where to look for the information? What should i change? I have tried registry search, but found nothing interesting there...

    Thank you!

  • #2
    might cause more problems than it's worth mate.

    Have you checked the HP website to see if the scanner prog actually works on 2003 ? If it does you should be able t get the install from their site.

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    • #3
      Hey,

      Yeah, i have checked their site, no support for 2003 found.

      I'm willing to take the risk, i have win installed on my other HD specially for experemental purposes ) Besides, the XP products, even if they weren't ment for 2003, worked fine.
      I'm sure it's the same case here, i just have to find out how to overide the system check...

      Thanks

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      • #4
        There are so many things it may do to check what OS you are running.

        my Guess is it looks for a reg key, in which case download a reg monitor then run the setup and see what key's have been read by the app. Hopefully that may point you in the right direction.

        Sorry I can't be much more helpful.

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        • #5
          Possibly

          HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName

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          • #6
            That path at registry was the first thing i checked, but din't work...

            The reg monitor is an interesting idea!

            Can you recommend any good program?

            Thanks!

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            • #7
              www.sysinternals.com - regmon
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              • #8
                Sysinternals Regmon is free and verbose but might be difficult to decipher what's going on.

                I can't remember if you can capture events with regmon.
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                • #9
                  Sorry for dupe tony got in there just before me !!
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                  • #10
                    Thank you very much guys, i will check it out!

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                    • #11
                      The version detection is usually done via GetVersion, GetVersionEx or VerifyVersionInfo API calls:

                      http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...ersioninfo.asp
                      http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...getversion.asp
                      http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...tversionex.asp

                      Not sure registry tricks will get you far...
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                      • #12
                        Thanks!
                        Checking into it right now!

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