Where Did “SYSOC.INF” Go?

In "XP & NTFS Reader Tips" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2002/2002-03-18.htm#7 ) we talked about editing the SYSOC.INF file in XP to "unHide" various components that normally can’t be removed. Once they’re unHidden, they often can be removed through the normal Add/Remove software option in Control Panel.

Many readers had trouble finding either the file, and the WindowsInf folder in which the file normally resides:

I could not follow this suggestion – I searched the registry and could not find any references. Also a directory file search did not bring up SYSOC.INF. Is there something missing from the instructions? — Richard Shaw

XP, like all Windows since Win95, normally tries to keep you away from system files. By default, some folders and file types just don’t show up at all. But in XP, as with earlier versions of Windows, you can use the Folder Options menu (it’s under Tools, in XP) to adjust what you’re shown. We actually provided step-by-step instructions on how to make all versions of Windows show you everything— as I believe all operating systems should— in a variety of articles over time. Most recently, we covered how to make XP show you all files and folders as part of this article: http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20011204S0009 .

XP also has the further wrinkle (as does Win2K) of limiting what you can get at unless you’re in an account with Administrator privileges, or actually logged on as Admin. If you’ve set up your own system, odds are you *are* the Admin; but if you’re on a machine someone else set up, you may have only "guest" or otherwise-limited system privileges, and may not be able to get at the full Windows folder.

I guess the days of a "simple tip" are over, eh?



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