Scary things showed up in report Unused Images - bootmgr

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Dave Gehman
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Scary things showed up in report Unused Images - bootmgr

Unread post by Dave Gehman » Tue May 19, 2020 6:02 pm

This appeared at the bottom of a full report on our project:
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Web tells me if I mess around with bootmgr, my Win 10 won't boot...

Scary. I didn't move any of these 3.

"C:" has appeared in my Configuration: Project Search Path. I don't remember putting it there, but I've removed the entry.

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Re: Scary things showed up in report Unused Images - bootmgr

Unread post by Tim Green » Tue May 19, 2020 6:55 pm

Hi Dave,

Thanks for posting this. Of course, C:\ should never be on your project search path, but those files should also never show up there either... I'm passing this right on to the dev team.
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Unread post by Dave Gehman » Tue May 19, 2020 7:46 pm

Thanks, Tim. I definitely need built-in safeguards like that kind of internal data filter.

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Re: Scary things showed up in report Unused Images - bootmgr

Unread post by Alexander Halser » Tue May 19, 2020 10:07 pm

Funny! :D But nothing will happen if you click on that button, except for an error dialog that Help+Manual could not remove these files. Most probably it cannot even remove the .BMP file in the root directory. Deleting files from the root folder requires admin rights, which H&M does not have while running normally.

The reporting of files without an extension as an unused image, however, is a small bug. We'll fix this with the next update. It's not really critical and the upside is: without this bug you'd never learned that the root folder C:\ is in your search path.
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Re: Scary things showed up in report Unused Images - bootmgr

Unread post by Dave Gehman » Tue May 19, 2020 10:28 pm

Alexander Halser wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 10:07 pm
It's not really critical and the upside is: without this bug you'd never learned that the root folder C:\ is in your search path.
Glad that it wouldn't have deleted the files, but I almost never experiment when Microsoft stuff is involved, in the same way I'd never pick up a live bomb...

It does remain a mystery around how C:\ got in the search path. It wasn't "C:\" but just "C" -- I stumbled my way through DOS all those years ago, so I know that "C" isn't a path.

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