In addition to the file attributes that describe the state of a file, such as READONLY and HIDDEN, the Win32 platform allows files to have additional information embedded within the file. This information ranges from the company that created the file to the original name of the file.
This information is stored as a resource within the file; therefore, it is only available on files that can have embedded file information resources, such as executable files and DLLs.
You can view this information from the Property window by right- clicking on the file in Explorer, selecting Properties, and then selecting the Version tab (if it exists). The file information will display as in Figure 4.1.