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How can I get vs 2008 application setup to work right for all users?

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I have inherited an application that has a problem i need to fix.  When installed the normal, everyday user gets a blank form and an error saying that it cannot right to the event log when logging in.  If an administrator logs in first, though, its does its event log fine and from that point on any normal user that logs in has no prolbem.

Talking to the client, I know that they don't allow a regular user to write to the event log and I know that the same program in other client locations works fine without issue.

I was told, by the person that I inherited it from that when a manager logs in, it sets some registry value and that's why anyone else can use it after; however, there is nothing that touches the registry keys in the code or in the setup project.  

What are my options for getting around this?  Or is it all on the client?
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I think I pretty much understand what the application is doing, what exactly it writes in the registry; if I'm right, then your option is to create in advance the registry key that administrator creates. Can be done easily by group policy's machine start script. But you said "there is nothing that touches the registry keys in the code or in the setup project" . How do you know? did you run regmon or process monitor to monitor what the application is doing when it's started by administrator?
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no i just went through the code manually and checked out the registry editor in the setup project.  I'll try your suggestions, thank you!  i'll let you know tomorrow as the client is already out for the night.
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Thank you very much.  The tools helped immensely.  I actually went with a tool called What Changed?
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