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Using Windows Explorer to View the Global Assembly Catalog

Created: 04 Jun 2007 • Updated: 16 Oct 2008 • 2 comments
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When the Global Assembly Catalog (GAC) is viewed with Windows Explorer, only part of it is exposed, as most of it is hidden (protected) by the Operating System. How can Windows Explorer access these other areas?

Either create the following registry DWORD file and then merge it with your registry, or simply create the DWORD directly in your registry.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


To stop viewing these exposed areas, either delete the DWORD or simply change its value to 0.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


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Why would I want to view the GAC? Sorry if I'm missing something simple.

Jonathan Jesse Practice Principal ITS Partners

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If you need to implement a new file that belongs in the GAC, or if you need to check a version of a file that is in the GAC, you will need to be able to access it.

Usually this is done via cmd line, however, GUI methods are far more user friendly.

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