ShellExecute returns SE_ERR_ACCESSDENIED

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Trent, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Trent

    Trent Guest

    My CD-based installation program setup.exe calls ShellExecute, passing to it
    a path to a valid file. This works fine on Windows 95 through XP, and on
    some Vista builds. However on RC1 this fails and returns "5" -
    Disabling UAC does not help.

    The error happens only when this is invoked from a CD ROM.

    If I run the same thing from a network folder instead of a CD, behavior is
    different. A dialog appears with title "Open File - Security Warning", "The
    publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this
    software?" Options are "Run" and "Cancel", and clicking "Run" makes it
    proceed as expected.
    Trent, Sep 12, 2006
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  2. Trent

    Trent Guest

    I have found an incompaitiblity in Vista's handling of ShellExecute.

    My original (shipping) code called
    HINSTANCE hInstance=::ShellExecute
    pszFile, // e.g. "d:\myfolder\setup.exe"
    NULL, // lpDirectory parameter is NULL
    Note that the 5th parameter "lpDirectory" is NULL, and the paramter pszFile
    contains a complete path. This is a valid call in all versions of Windows,
    but does not seem to work on Vista RC1 when used to invoke an installation
    from the root of a CD.

    I can make it work if I modify the paramters as follows:
    pszFile=file name and extension, e.g. "setup.exe"
    lpDirectory=the drive and folder where the file resides, e.g. "d:\myfolder"

    Microsoft - please please please fix this problem - it breaks my shipping CD
    Trent, Sep 13, 2006
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