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I am trying to make Windows access C:\authrootstl.cab when it tries to GET http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab. Is it possible?

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  • Is this done using a browser?
    – Arjan
    Dec 16, 2010 at 18:07
  • @Arjan no, it's done automatically and without showing it to the user.
    – Jader Dias
    Dec 17, 2010 at 0:42

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  • Edit %Windows%/System32/driver/etc/hosts
    • add 127.0.0.1 www.download.windowsupdate.com
  • Install a local webserver (e.g Apache)
    • configure it to serve the file
      • set the DocumentRoot to (say) c:\temp
      • either copy C:\authrootstl.cab to C:\Temp\msdownload\update\v3\static\trustedr\en\authrootstl.cab
      • or configure a URL rewriting rule

Without the rewriting rules you could use any simple HTTP server, such as tthttpd. You could also use IIS etc etc

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  • This would rewrite all files from www.download.windowsupdate.com to localhost; don't know if that's a problem. If so, then combining Fidler with a local web server might do the trick.
    – Arjan
    Dec 16, 2010 at 18:48
  • True, You could get Apache to reverse proxy the others (using an IP-address for the www.download.windowsupdate.com. Not sure how deep a rathole is justified by the need to fake the cab file. Dec 16, 2010 at 19:20
  • is it possible without a web server?
    – Jader Dias
    Dec 17, 2010 at 1:02
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    It isn't possible without a HTTP server because the client is attempting to connect using HTTP. However the HTTP server need not be on the same PC, it could be any web server anywhere, to which you have access to either the main configuration or (in Apache terms) to a vhost configuration. You still have to change hosts on the PC to direct it to the IP-address of the webserver you control. Dec 17, 2010 at 9:40

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