Hacking the GAC, How to enable standard directory browsing

Posted: 18 Ağustos 2014 in Windows Server

Have you ever wanted to or needed to view the actual contents of the GAC? Not just what is in the GAC, but actually grab the assemblies that are there?

I know I have. You may be asking WHY did you want to grab an assembly that is in the GAC. 2 reasons:

I wanted to move a copy of the assmebly from one box onto my dev box.
I wanted to reflect the the assembly to see how it was build to learn something.
Well, fortunately there is a way to do this. It is a pretty simple registry hack that works wonders.

Here is how:

Open RegEdit
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Fusion
Right click in the viewer and add a new Binary Value
Name your new Binary value DisableCacheViewer
Double click your new entry and given it a value of 1 with Base Hexadecimal
Click OK
Navigate to C:\WINDOWS\assembly
You should see the contents of the folder as sub folders, not the standard GAC Viewer
Hope this helps….. I would be sure to delete or rename this new value AFTER you are done playing around.

**** WARNING **** Any time you modify your registry, you do so at your OWN risk.

Till next time

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