Friday, July 20, 2007

Advertising info

The Darwin Descriptor for COM Advertising is stored as the InProcServer32 registry value.
The advertised shortcut's TargetPath is a combination of the ProductCode & Darwin Descriptor + some tags. Open the shortcut using ex. notepad and you'll find the descriptor there.
A Darwin Descriptor is an encoded string and when decoded produces a combination of the ProductCode, Feature & ComponentId(s).As the Darwin Descriptor is stored as a "REG_MULTI_SZ" entry it can contain more then one descriptor where other packages may have installed the same component.
You should be able to find Darwin Descriptors under the following locations


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