[gptalk] Re: Vista and Phantom files

  • From: "Darren Mar-Elia" <darren@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:58:49 -0700


That's a new one on me-the only thing I can think of is that Windows is
keeping that log file open (and possibly locked) at all times and that only
by renaming it do you release the open file handle.  Not much help but that
is my best guess. What might be interesting is to kill the GP Client Service
process and see if the file becomes available then. That would confirm the
file lock.




From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Alan & Margaret
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 3:27 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Vista and Phantom files


Hi Vista experts


This is not really a Group Policy Query, but I am too embarrassed to ask


I have a VB6 program that formats the UserEnv log. It works perfectly well
on XP, but on Vista it keeps finding an old version of the log. It is as if
Vista is showing me my own personal copy of the file, rather than the real


The program has a browse button which allows me to explore to the
windows\debug\usermode  directory. I can see all of the files there. When I
open an explorer window, I see exactly the same file names except that the
gpsvc.log file shown within the program is an old version with an old date
and size. It corresponds to the file as it was when I last opened it with my
program.. If I rename the file from within my program, the correct file
suddenly appears.


I am presuming this is some feature of Vista. Does anyone know how to turn
it off..



Alan Cuthbertson

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