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Posted 28 Jan 2010

Disabling Windows file system redirection on a CFileDialog

, 24 Apr 2010
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Windows on Windows 64-bit (WOW64) provides file system redirection. In a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 or of Windows XP, the %WinDir%\System32 folder is reserved for 64-bit applications. When a 32-bit application tries to access the System32 folder, access is redirected to the following folder:
By default, file system redirection is enabled.


You can use the following functions to control file system redirection:

  • Wow64DisableWow64FsRedirection
  • Wow64EnableWow64FsRedirection
  • Wow64RevertWow64FsRedirection

The problem is that it is disabled on the current thread. Hence I faced a problem where I could not use CFileDialog Box to access the System32 folder. I searched on the net and could not find an article, so here goes my first article :)

Using the Code

You should derive a class from CFileDialog. And in the constructor, disable the flags and enable it back again in the destructor :)

class CFileDialogEx :	public CFileDialog
	PVOID OldValue;


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About the Author

Kartik Sura
Software Developer
India India
Kartik holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.
He works in VC++ and uses MFC though he ends up using bare Win32 apis. He has worked in Java, .NET and is currently learning COM/DCOM.
He has learnt windows drivers and wishes to pursue it further.

He likes to solve technological problems but not the mathematical ones :P

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