[Wine] Re: How to masquerade as Administrator?

Molle Bestefich molle.bestefich at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 04:48:08 CST 2005

xyzzy1 at hotpop.com wrote:
> Wine 0.9 installation.  I installed Internet Explorer using the manual
> procedure in the applications database.
> I then changed the version reporting to Windows 2000 using winecfg and then
> went to http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com which went ok until I got a
> "Must be Administrator".
> I notice that there is a stub that is IsNTAdmin that seems to be returning 0.

Have you tried modifying the stub to just return 1?

In my imagination, nobody really runs as a non-privileged user
account, even though the docs says to do so.  I've run a
non-privileged user account for perhaps a month, and that was a couple
of years ago.  Hated it so much I've not run as anything but root ever
since.  If that's what everybody does, maybe just returning 1 is sane

You could also modify IsNTAdmin to do something intelligent, eg. similar to:
grep -E "^`whoami`:" /etc/passwd | awk -F: '{print $4}' == 0
(check that user's current group is 'root').

It might be useful in various scenarios to fake Windows Administrator
rights, even though one is not logged in as root.  So the best
solution of all might be to just have IsNTAdmin read the value from
the registry.  The wineprefixcreate application could set the initial
value in the ~/.wine registry depending on above 'is-user-root'

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