Download Windows File Protection (WFP) Service Patcher or Switcher

Whenever you want to modify, delete or replace an existing system file in Windows 2000, XP or Windows Server 2003, you can't do that. Windows shows an error message that the file is already in use.

It happens due to Windows File Protection (WFP) service which runs in background and regularly checks system files integrity. If it finds that a process is trying to modify a system file, it blocks the operation and shows the error message.

But if you are a customization lover, you might face this situation many times while trying to replace or modify system files to change look-n-feel of Windows UI.

Now what to do? One way is to use Replacer software which can be used to replace system files at system startup. But there is another way which is mentioned below.

Today we are going to share a free and portable utility "WFP Switcher" which patches Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 and disables Windows File Protection (WFP) service so that you can easily modify or replace system files without any problem.


You just need to run the patcher and click on "Patch" button. That's it. It'll disable the WFP service and you'll be able to edit, delete or replace system files on the fly.

The tool also allows you to re-enable WFP service any time if you want.

The official download link is no longer available but you can download it using following alternative link:

Download Windows File Protection (WFP) Switcher / Patcher

NOTE: If your antivirus program detects this tool as a virus, don't worry about it. Its a false positive. Since this software modifies system file in Windows, many antivirus software detect it as a suspicious item.

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  • It is Gud..

  • does windows 7 have a patcher, or do we not need one for it?

  • i just recently built a comp and installed win7 just yesterday so i dont really know much about it yet. came here often when i was with xp though. anyway i know reshacker works from other threads but do i need to patch windows first or do i just use replacer?

  • VG

    ^^ This patcher is only for Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003. Windows Vista,7 and 8 dont require it. You just need to take ownership of a file and then you can use Replacer to replace the files or rename original file to some other name and copy new modified file to same folder. Restart system and Windows will start using new file.

  • cool. thanks a lot

  • Is any software for window xp to bootable pen drive ????????

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • How to change xp startup logo .? Plz help me .

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • Hi VG, Can i ask you something. Will this app run in Win 7 Home premium ?

    Thankz Be 4 !

  • VG

    ^^ It only works in Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 as mentioned in the topic. :)

  • Hi vg can i disable wfp with this trick plz tell me
    1. Go to Start > Run , type REGEDIT then press the Enter key.
    2. Find the following registry key:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
    3. Look for the key” SFCDisable “and double click on it.
    4. Set the value to one of thefollowing:
    *.1 – disabled, prompt at boot to re-enable
    *.2 – disabled at next bootonly, no prompt to re-enable
    *.4 – enabled, with popups disabled
    *.ffffff9d – for completely disabled
    *.0 – Enabled

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. It used to work in Windows XP but I cant confirm.

  • I tried to download wfp from ur download link bt its nt working for me
    can u give me any other link
    and can u give me ur fb id or email id i want to share some thing with u.

  • VG

    ^^ Its working fine for me. When you click on the download link, wait for a few seconds and the download will start.

    You can use Contact link given at top to contact me.

  • Ok i will try this link again thanks...☺

  • hey VG wfp is not working for me .........even after installing i get same error cant create file

  • VG

    ^^ You can try Replacer.

  • hmmm does not work with with 64 bit xp :/

  • many noephytes (novice users) might not know that windows replaces its system32 files from dllcache. unless one knows to replace the original file in the cache, using wft switcher might not do good. the best alternative is to use replacer which takes care of this situation. however, wfp's another good alternative if one needs manual patching.

  • Hi VG

    I can't download the WFP Switcher. Would you send this patch to my email


  • VG

    ^^ The software was removed from the previous link thats why you were unable to download the file. Now I have updated the download link and it should work fine.

  • Hi VG,

    i just try and its werk for my pc
    thanks a lot master!


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