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Old 12-29-03, 09:08 PM
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Tricking an application into believeing servicepack xx is installed?

I have a badly written HP driver that wants servicepack 2 to run in win2k server.. I have servicepack 4 installed, but its refusing to install..

Can I trick the application into believing its SP2 only somehow?

And followup question - it might be because its win2k server - any way to trick it into believing its regular win2k?

Dont get me started on HP support... tried that..
Old 12-29-03, 09:24 PM
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That's just crazy! Any decent driver should look for a particular SP or higher.

I suppose you could search the registry for "Service Pack 4" or some similar string and try changing it. It might be a code associated with the SP instead of the string though.

You sure you want a driver of that quality on your system? It might not even work with SP4. Do a backup first!
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true - the specific issue is that I have a hp d135 multifunction printer/scanner/fax..

I want to be able to send a fax from the computer using the printer, but it wont let me do it. It will probably work on win2k non-server - and since they are 99.9% the same, i'm pretty sure it'll work.

Its just because they want to sell a more expensive printer to you

I'm thinking its the server that causes the problem, not the SP now. I looked at the error message again, and its something like 'Your operating system or servicepack is not supported'.

Their requirements are SP2 and its on SP4, so maybe its just that its a server.. its freakin' annoying me!
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Server vs workstation does occasionally make a difference.

And yes, the manufacturer wants to sell more expensive stuff to run on a server.

You could install it on a workstation and track the registry/disk changes and make them by hand to the server.
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I dont have a win2k workstation unfortunately. I seem to remember there was a server/workstation registry hack back in the day.

Did a search for it came up empty.
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Here is the mention of it..

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/24566.html

i figured if I used it in 'reverse' it might work?

cant find the actual hack though
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There is no updated driver on the HP website?
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no - and they said it wont be available... not a HP fan in general, this doesnt help

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