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HKEY_CURRENT_USER access to a SystemAccount service

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I'm writing a service that will run as the System Account, but I need to have access to HKEY_CURRENT_USER for whoever is logged on at any given time.  Is impersonating the logged on user considered the 'appropriate' thing to do?  And if so, does anyone have any source code that could demonstrate doing this?

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Jon Stelly
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If you are running your service under the Local System Account (the default) you will have full access to the registry on the machine the service is running on.  There is no need to impersonate another user.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER is a mirror of the appropriate hive under HKEY_USERS.  If you want to change data for a particular user, change it under HKEY_USERS from your service.
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Thanks, I got it working now.  I'm just going through HKEY_USERS/SID/...  It works like a champ.
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