RtlSetProcessPlaceholderCompatibilityMode function (ntifs.h)

RtlSetProcessPlaceholderCompatibilityMode sets the placeholder compatibility mode for the current process.

Syntax

NTSYSAPI CHAR RtlSetProcessPlaceholderCompatibilityMode(
  CHAR Mode
);

Parameters

Mode

The placeholder compatibility mode to set.

Return value

This function returns the process's previous placeholder compatibily mode (PHCM_xxx), or a negative value on error (PCHM_ERROR_xxx).

It can be one of the following values:

Compatibility Mode Value
PHCM_APPLICATION_DEFAULT 0
PHCM_DISGUISE_PLACEHOLDER 1
PHCM_EXPOSE_PLACEHOLDERS 2
PHCM_MAX 2
PHCM_ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER -1
PHCM_ERROR_NO_TEB -2

Remarks

When placeholders are exposed, characteristics such as the presence of a reparse point, the sparse bit, and the offline bit are plainly visible through directory enumeration and other types of file information queries. When placeholders are disguised, these details are completely hidden, making the file look like a normal file.

Most Windows applications see exposed placeholders by default. For compatibility reasons, Windows may decide that certain applications see disguised placeholders by default.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows 10 (Version 1803)
Target Platform Universal
Header ntifs.h

See also

RtlQueryProcessPlaceholderCompatibilityMode

RtlQueryThreadPlaceholderCompatibilityMode

RtlSetThreadPlaceholderCompatibilityMode