Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Lindsay Graham, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. 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
    Lindsay Graham, Jan 11, 2008
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  2. 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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