NT Syntax

MV.exe (Resource Kit)

Move File - Copy a file to another location even if the file is in use (Locked)

      MV /x /d d:\temp\ntfs.sys C:\winnt\system32\drivers\ntfs.sys

   The first file name is the file to be copied and the second 
   the destination pathname.

   /d : does not copy the file until reboot time
        allows in-use files to be replaced

   /x : Prevents the default action that will otherwise create a 
        folder called "deleted" containing a copy of the 
        original file.

Note that you must use a FULL pathname to each file.

The NT resource kit contains 2 versions of MV.EXE - a posix version and a Windows NT version - they are not the same!

The /d option is not available with the posix version of mv, but if you prefer, you can do a file replace at boot time by manually updating the registry (which is all MV.exe does)

Start the registry editor (regedt32.exe not regedit.exe)

Move to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

Double click on
(if it does not exist - create of type multi_str )

On the first line is the name of the new file with \??\ in front,

On the second line is the file to replaced with !\??\ in front,

Click OK

So the complete Multi-String Data would appear like:


Once the reboot is complete and the file replaced the PendingFileRenameOperations value will be deleted from the registry

"Anyone who has been to an english public school will always feel comparitively at home in prison" - Evelyn Waugh

Related Commands:

INUSE - updated file replacement utility (may not preserve file permissions)
COPY - Copy one or more files to another location
MOVE - Move a file from one folder to another
Cachemov - Offline Files Cache Mover. (Win 2K ResKit)

Equivalent Linux BASH commands:

mv - Move or rename files or directories

Simon Sheppard