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Windows 7: Making backspace going 'up' instead of 'back'

20 Mar 2010   #11

Windows 7Pro - 64bits

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
The accelerator for ALt+Up comes from the explorerframe.dll.mui file. Here's what Resource Hacker shows for accelerator "256":
I bet if you replace the second number 41010 with the first number 40994 then Backspace will do the same as Alt+Up.

Few things to keep in mind:
- there are multiple versions of the file, one for each language. For English the file is in Windows\System32\en-US. Make sure you are editing the right file
- on 64-bit systems there are 2 files per language - one for 32 bits and one for 64 bits. You may have to edit both
- the file is currently in use by Explorer. So it will be tricky to update. This might work: rename the file to something else, make a copy, rename the copy to the original name, then edit the copy
- make sure you don't do Save As in Resource Hacker, because that has been known to save 64-bit files as 32-bit. just do Save.
- I haven't tried any of these, so proceed carefully :)
Well that's exactly the kind of hacking i had in mind! =D

Will check and update with results ASAP ^^

Unless of course i cant get windows to start again after editing; in that case i'll be back after reinstall >.>

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prisoner View Post
Best way to replace files that are in use by Explorer:

1. Find the file, make a copy, make a second, and edit either one. Do not edit the other. Save both to the desktop, and rename one you did not edit to "explorerframe.dllbackup".
2. Make sure you don't need any of the explorer windows that are open.
3. Open Task Manager. Go to the Processes tab and task kill Explorer.exe.
Go to the Applications tab, and click "New Task". Navigate to the desktop.
4. Copy the file that you edited to the folder that the original file is at. Go through the motions to copy files, and it will copy.
5. If it copied, click Cancel and click the "New Task" button again, and type "explorer.exe"

That's always worked for me. Beware, editing system files, no matter if you make backups, can permanently damage your system... And half of the time, you can't fix it. It's happened to me.
Actually easier than reboot on the dvd i guess, hehe thanks for the idea.

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20 Mar 2010   #12

Windows 7Pro - 64bits

Well, the pc didn't explode but couldn't make it work.

Theres this issue with original file belonging to TrustedInstaller and seems that that's what windows looks for instead of the filename only.

I'll look into it tomorrow, now it's late.
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20 Mar 2010   #13

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

If you want to avoid taking ownership and replacing protected system files, there's this toolbar called StExBar that adds the Up button and also lets you define a custom hotkey for it. Unfortunately backspace isn't supported but any of the function keys, alphanumeric keys or Home, Del, End are.
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08 Sep 2014   #14

Win7 x64

-------------It's WORK!------------
I use Resource Hacker My Windows 7 x64


And also I do this:

I just hate Ctrl-Z & Ctrl-Y shortcuts in Explorer.
If accidentally press, to have to remember where I copied or cut files.

Access to the explorerframe.dll.mui is limited even after stopping explorer.exe
I had to boot from installation disk Windows 7 x86, go to Recover,
open Command Line, run Total Commander from C:\ and feel at home
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27 May 2017   #15

Windows 7 x64

tatsu, are you sure that it works? I've tried it and it seems that nothing is changed.

BTW, it is possible to replace this file without recovery console. You just have to take ownership for this file. By default owner is TrustInstaller. You can do it using these commands:
takeown /f "%windir%\SysWOW64\en-US\explorerframe.dll.mui"
takeown /f "%windir%\System32\en-US\explorerframe.dll.mui"
cacls "%windir%\SysWOW64\en-US\explorerframe.dll.mui" /E /P Administrators:F SYSTEM:F
cacls "%windir%\System32\en-US\explorerframe.dll.mui" /E /P Administrators:F SYSTEM:F
It has to be run with administrator rights. It will be possible to replace these files after.
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