Supporting Windows Question


03/18/2013 11726 views

Please advise in what cases c:\Users\%username%\Appdata\Local\VirtualStore folder is available on Windows 7 OS. Tried to turn on UAC, enable Folder redirections through GPO - folder doesn't exist.

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The user has to be logged in for the variable %username% to work.

Answered 03/18/2013 by: SMal.tmcc
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"For security, Win 7/Vista forbids programs from writing to a variety of "sensitive" areas, among them the Windows folder and the Program Files folder. That includes all subfolders of Program Files, so this ban would be a hardship on older programs that store INI files or data files along with the program itself. To avoid disabling these programs, Windows 7/Vista lies to them. When they try to write to a banned location, it says "Sure, no problem!" but actually saves the data in a holding area called the Virtual Store. And when the program tries to read back the data it wrote, Win7/Vista slips in the data from the Virtual Store. The old program works fine, and other programs aren't affected. A similar process handles programs that write to now-forbidden areas of the Registry"

Answered 03/18/2013 by: SnowLyric
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