How to add a folder\file to 'all users' Application Data

Gday all,

I need to add a file to all users on pc's to appear in the path C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\etc

This is (still) an XP fleet and we're using SCCM2007.

I thought I'd make an msi captured from making the folder in C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application data and deploy that, then when a user logs on, it'll self heal\active install and build in the folder\file in their profile (using the command msiexec /fauvs do deploy).

My theory was wrong, this doesn't work.

Where should I make this folder so it goes to all users Application Data?

Is my theory wrong? Should I be using a batch file and do something like:

@echo off

CD C:\

md "%APPDATA%\Foldernameetc"


???  Thanks for any advice here.

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Answers (2)

Posted by: jaybee96 6 years ago
Red Belt

Q: What is the exact location of the file?

there are a couple of predefined folders you can use in a MSI:

[LocalAppDataFolder] = property is the full path to the file system directory that serves as the data repository for local (non-roaming) applications.

[AppDataFolder] = property to the full path of the Roaming folder for the current user

[CommonAppDataFolder] = the full path to the file directory containing application data for all users


So step 1 :

Place the file in the correct folder (see above)  in your MSI

Step 2: 

because you want to be sure that the file will be installed for every user that logs on to the machine, you will need to use Active Setup. http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/appdeploy-articles-activesetup 

Step 3:



Posted by: dj_xest 6 years ago
5th Degree Black Belt

jaybee96 was correct, you can follow that. Also you can change your command from msiexec /fauvs to a simpler msiexec /fup. That will cover the files in the profiles as well as entries in HKCU registries if you have them.

msiexec /fauvs

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