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Yesterday I ran into a oddity that might be handy for some folks.

Recently a SCADA system PC crashed on me, one which we purchased fully integrated and with no documentation. I bought a new Win7 box to replace it, recovered the hard drive, and copied all the files I thought looked related to the SCADA system. I called the manufacturer, but they refused to talk to me, and insisted that the licensing and configuration had to be done by the company that integrated the thing for us. After much haggling, I finally got that outfit to consent to 30 minutes of telephone support.

In the course of setting things up, one of the tasks required was to add a System DSN used to establish ODBC connections to the .mdb database used by the SCADA product, so I opened up the usual ODBC Sources applet in Control Panel. Surprisingly, only SQL Server was installed and available for use - no other drivers were listed. I've never seen that in a Windows system before.

After much gnashing of teeth and rending of clothing, the support guy stumbled on a link somewhere that suggested running an obscure program located at C:\Windows\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe. I don't know where he found it, but running it produces a ODBC Sources applet identical to the one reached through Control Panel, but containing all the usual sources. From that point on, it was an easy setup, but I would never in many years have found that ridiculous hidden tool.

No I have to wonder, what other missing functionality is hidden in this folder? Any other hints?
Will Rogers never met me.

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