Is HKEY_CURRENT_USER different for each user that logons on PC

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

A question about Registry Windows.

IE8 has problems with ASP.NET web apps. If I load different ASP.NET web apps, each one on different IE8 sessions, then session variables of .NET get mixed up.

One solution for that is to force that IE8 behaves like IE7. For that, there are some articles suggesting to add some values in Windows Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

I attach article where you can read about it.

My question is:

At the office, end-user-A, with limited rights, logon on PC. End-user-A can't change Registry. Administrator-user logon on that PC and add new value to  HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

New DWORD value called TabProcGrowth to add in:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

TabProcGrowth = 0

Is TabProcGrowth the same when end-user-A logon on PC?

If not, how could we make what the article suggest?

Question by:miyahira
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, it just mirrors a subtree of HKEY_USERS
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    Accepted Solution

    Create a .REG file with the modifications from the article then add that .reg file to the logon script for each user. That way you are sure that every user on every machine will have the correct registry setting installed.
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    Author Comment

    Yes, Neilsr, I think you are right. Because I logon on same PC with two different users, AdminA and AdminB. With AdminA I add new value to  HKEY_USERS. But when I logon as AdminB and check Registry, I didn't see that new value.

    Sorry for my ignorance, where can find the logon script on Windows?
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    Expert Comment

    If you are not on a domain then you could could just put the .reg file into documents and settings/all users/start menu/programs/startup  and let it run from there
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    Author Comment

    My end-users are in a domain and with limited rights.

    If I put  .reg file to the logon script: /documents and settings/all users/start menu/programs/startup, would it be added to Registry? Limited rights of my end-users wouldn't let to edit Registry?
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    Author Comment

    >> Yes, it just mirrors a subtree of HKEY_USERS

    Neilsr, I tried to create that new value on HKEY_USERS, expecting that it will be reflected on HKEY_CURRENT_USERS, but it hasn't.

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    Assisted Solution

    make file123.reg with that contents

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

    and run it under your limited user

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    Author Comment

    Thanks akexdash, I will try it.

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