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Quirky issue with copying sysinternals to System32

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    Quirky issue with copying sysinternals to System32

    So I usually copy the sysinternals suite to /windows. This in order to make it easy to use the tools in bat files and soI can quickly open them. Anyways in win 7 I didnt have a problem with this.

    In win 8 I had some issues copying these files to %windir% but system32 was fine. I think this was due to my av (agnitum) preventing this. Not sure though. Anyways, now when some of the tools are updated I try to copy the whole suite again. Only it only works with overwriting the previous files if I copy over 1 file at a time. Sometimes it seems to work if I pull over 5-10 a time. But always works 1 at a time. This is one of the weirdest issues I have encountered. And yes, while doing this my av is disabled.

    Any input as to why this happens?

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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Hi Knowhere,

    Is it a steadfast requirement to try and move that sysinternals suite to the system32 folder? The reason I'm asking is because I use many of the suite's individual offerings and they work perfectly when run from a non-system folder (eg, downloads folder). If not, then I don't see any logical reason to attempt what you are doing. So, am I missing something here?
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    Posts : 453
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    You should not be putting anything in the Windows system directories. It would be much better to put your third party command line tools in C:\bin and add it to your PATH. For example, I put all the Sysinternals tools in C:\bin\Sysinternals, and I have a bunch more portable tools in C:\bin, which I copy onto all my machines.
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