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GTA IV Complete Edition: can't mod .dat files anymore

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magellan

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Jul 20, 2002
Whenever I try to mod the .dat files (say for a greater view distance) the .dat files are overwritten before the game even starts despite the fact I set them read-only.
Where does the game executable or dll's get the necessary rights to change the read-only bit? What's even more bizarre is I don't have the option to take ownership of the files in question.

What if I change the permissions for the file so that everyone else except my (administrator account) username only has read and read & execute permissions? Would that stop Rockstar from butting in where they're not wanted?
 
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magellan

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Jul 20, 2002
None of the core .dat files or stream.ini can be modified in GTAV, it merely overwrites them when you load the game -- regardless of whether or not they're set read-only.

Why Rock* would care if people mod these files for a 13-year-old game is beyond me.
 

EarthDog

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Did you follow the instructions in the link above? People in the thread are saying it works... :shrug: