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Old 01-11-2008
Lindsay Graham
 

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PROGRAM FILES AND PROGRAMDATA
Could someone please explain (or point me to a web site that contains an
explanation) the difference between C:\Program Files and C:\ProgramData for
Vista Home Premium?

And how do they relate to C:\Program Files that existed in Windows XP and
earlier Windows versions?

Thanks in advance.

Lindsay Graham
Canberra, Australia

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Old 01-11-2008
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Re: PROGRAM FILES AND PROGRAMDATA
Program Data is a "virtualized" folder used by Vista so that programs and
users running with normal rights can work around a security feature of
Vista. Only full Administrator users can write to the Program Files folder,
so any time a program or user with lesser rights wants to write to Program
Files, that action is redirected to Program Data instead.

Use Google to search for a full explanation.

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"Lindsay Graham" <LDGraham@aapt.net.au> wrote in message
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> Could someone please explain (or point me to a web site that contains an
> explanation) the difference between C:\Program Files and C:\ProgramData
> for Vista Home Premium?
>
> And how do they relate to C:\Program Files that existed in Windows XP and
> earlier Windows versions?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Lindsay Graham
> Canberra, Australia
>


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