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I tried using mt.exe [from MS Visual Studio] to manifest my files. It worked on some but not on others. It seems your method of parsing the .EXE is more robust than the one that mt.exe uses.

Brad Siegfried
BLS, Inc.

I found Resource Tuner on Download.com and it was so easy to use that I decided to go for it: the easy and intuitive UI that allows for editing exe and dll files.

Noel Morrison
CNET Networks

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UAC Manifest Tool: Application Makeover

Incorporate Application Manifest with Trust Level Information Section into Your Applications.

Another neat feature of Resource Tuner is its ability to generate a so-called application UAC manifest. This is a recently-introduced extension to Microsoft's common controls library, which enables an application to make use of the visual styles found in Windows XP and Vista. The Windows Vista application manifest has been enhanced with attributes that permit developers to mark their applications with a requested execution level.

The wizard allows you to add a trustInfo section and insert the Require Administrator information into it so that the application would be forced to run elevated as an Administrator on Windows Vista, providing the application the same operational behavior as in Windows XP. A modified exe should still work correctly on prior Windows operating systems.

Adding the trustInfo isn’t essential, but it is highly recommended. This will allow your .exe to always get the correct version, whether the operating system is Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8.

Here is how the common controls for an ordinary application look on Windows XP before and after a manifest has been inserted:

Before and after

If you want to make an application visual-style savvy and you don't have the source code, you normally have to place a specially-named .XML file in the same directory as the executable. Resource Tuner provides a better solution by enabling you to inject the needed resource directly into the EXE file in just a few clicks:

Run the Application Manifest Wizard

Resource Tuner adds in a manifest file into a manifest resource within the resource section of the EXE file. And now you could easily convert your legacy Delphi, Visual Basic, Visual C, etc. application into a Windows XP like application.

The Manifest Wizard is very easy to use — just follow the instructions and fill in the blanks accordingly.

Manifest Wizard

Execution level

Once the Wizard has completed creating the manifest, the newly created manifest resource appears in the Resource TreeView:

The newly created manifest resource


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