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i'm looking for a way to replace the windows(XP) copy dialog with my own program that will copy the file instead of the explorer when it is being draged from one place to another.
i know this isn't trivial, but i'm just looking for a general idea of how this can be done.
i'm not afraid of c++/vb/hooking/com-objects/registry/whatever
thanks, Ronen.

Ronen, Thank you for your question.

I would guess that this can be done but that it does indeed require hooking and/or registering with the Shell for notification. Perhaps you can write a server that extends the Shell Namespace.

I've never done this, so I don't know what to advise other than to search the MSDN Library and do lots of experiments.

I suggest that you post this question at, which is more advanced than

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