patch not working in Vista

  • George P Boutwell

    Help. I've gotten patch and am trying to use it to apply a patch under Vista, but everything I try results in patch running and nothing happening. It stays running (seemingly indefinitely) until I press CTRL-C to stop it.



    • Keith Marshall

      Keith Marshall - 2008-01-30

      What is your command line? patch' reads the patch source fromstdin'; did you redirect it? Perhaps it is just waiting for you to type the patch input.

      • Panthrax

        Panthrax - 2008-06-20

        When I start patch.exe Vista asks for confirmation to allow or deny patch.exe execution because of the unkown publisher. Now, when execution is allowed, a command line window opens that awaits input and can be quitted by pressing Crtl-C.

        However, the parameters aren't passed to patch.exe. The following doesn't work:

        patch.exe < Filename.patch

        Any ideas?

        • Eric Lemings

          Eric Lemings - 2008-12-18

          Has this issue been resolved? I just installed patch.exe and it requires administrator privileges to install, not to mention to run a simple patch --version or `patch --help' command. It shouldn't work that way, right?


          • msec

            msec - 2009-04-06

            There's a fairly straightforward workaround:

            in the same folder as patch.exe, add a file named 'patch.exe.manifest' which has the following content:

            <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
            <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
            <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2">
            <requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker"/>

            Two things need to be borne in mind: you need elevated privileges to create this file in the right place (otherwise it ends up in your personal virtual store, which is not the same folder); also, check there is no 'run in compatibility mode' setting on patch.exe before you create the manifest.

            • msec

              msec - 2009-04-06

              Please note that the <pre> and </pre> tags in my previous post should NOT be part of the file content - I didn't read the 'HTML tags will display in your post as text' warning carefully enough :(

    • Allan Lehtla

      Allan Lehtla - 2008-12-26

      you can also disable UAC in vista for avoid this administrator privileges message

  • Sune Karlsson

    Sune Karlsson - 2010-09-19

    Unfortunately this does not work on 64-bit Vista. After adding the patch,
    running patch results in a prompt saying (loosely translated from Swedish)
    "The requested action requires a privilege elevation" and then the program
    terminates. The only way to run patch seems to be "as administrator". Not
    good. And why does it need elevated privileges? All it does is twiddle some
    files (in a highly useful way).

  • msec

    msec - 2010-09-20

    Unfortunately this does not work on 64-bit Vista.

    Have you applied the workaround described in posts 6 and 7 in this thread?

    Patch.exe does not need admin privileges; it's the heuristics built into Vista
    which assumes that executables which do not have a manifest and have certain
    strings in their name - such as 'patch' and 'setup' - which causes the
    elevation prompt. Adding the manifest above stops Vista applying this
    heuristic; patch.exe then runs using the invoker's privilege.

  • Sune Karlsson

    Sune Karlsson - 2010-09-25

    Yes I applied the workaround, but it didn't "take" immediately. It works after

  • Jay Satiro

    Jay Satiro - 2010-09-26

    You have to touch the file to apply it immediately. So if you create a
    manifest like patch.exe.manifest:

    touch patch.exe

    You'll need three manifests for gnuwin32 utils,




  • Den Gordo

    Den Gordo - 2013-11-23

    I could not make it work on my Win 7 64bit even with manifest files. When I run even "patch --version" command it asks to allow/deny and then open another console window with patch.exe file.
    So I end up installing Cygwin for 64-bit versions of Windows and it works fine! You just need to find "patch" package during installation and don't forget to add path to you bin directory in "Environment Variables: System variables: Path"


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