MV.exe (Resource Kit)

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Command Reference
Tags: Windows Commandline Windows
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MV.exe (Resource Kit)

Move File - Copy a file to another location even if the file is in use (Locked)


MV /x /d d:\temp\ntfs.sys C:\winnt\system32\drivers\ntfs.sys


The first file name is the file to be copied and the second

the destination pathname.

/d : does not copy the file until reboot time

allows in-use files to be replaced

/x : Prevents the default action that will otherwise create a

folder called "deleted" containing a copy of the

original file.

Note that you must use a FULL pathname to each file.

The NT resource kit contains 2 versions of MV.EXE - a posix version and a Windows NT version - they are not the same!

The /d option is not available with the posix version of mv, but if you prefer, you can do a file replace at boot time by manually updating the registry (which is all MV.exe does)

Start the registry editor (regedt32.exe not regedit.exe)

Move to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

Double click on


(if it does not exist - create of type multi_str )

On the first line is the name of the new file with \??\ in front,



On the second line is the file to replaced with !\??\ in front,



Click OK

So the complete Multi-String Data would appear like:



Once the reboot is complete and the file replaced the PendingFileRenameOperations value will be deleted from the registry

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