Re: Vista and CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA - readonly and _hidden_ directory
C:\Users\Public\Documents is the name of the folder. This folder uses a
desktop.ini for display name purposes. In English it is Public Documents.
"Viv" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Hi all,
> I have an application that uses one configuration file which should be
> the same for all users. This conf file should also be editable by any
> 1) For Win2000 and WinXP it was not a problem to use the
> SHGetFolderPath function with CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA which would then be
> smth like: "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data" and
> to put there the conf file for my application.
> The problem is that on Vista the call of
> SHGetFolderPath/SHGetKnownFolderPath with CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA gives
> the: "C:\ProgramData" directory which is read-only and _hidden_. If I
> put the conf file there the users won't be able to modify the conf
> file because it's a hidden directory. Is there any other place
> recommended by Microsoft where one could put the application data that
> is not _user_ specific and it's not _hidden_?
> 2) As a possible solution to the above problem I was thinking of using
> the CSIDL_COMMON_DOCUMENTS. It doesn't sound right to me, but it's the
> only way out that I found until now. What makes me wonder is that if I
> print the return value of SHGetFolderPath/SHGetKnownFolderPath with
> CSIDL_COMMON_DOCUMENTS I get: "C:\Users\Public\Documents" even though
> in windows explorer is no such directory, it's only the "Public
> Documents", I mean: "C:\Users\Public\Public Documents". Why is this
> confusion between "C:\Users\Public\Documents" and
> "C:\Users\Public\Public Documents"?
> Thank you in advance,