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C# - Writing in the directory C:\Users in Windows 7

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My apps C# WinForm.
How to write in the C:\Users in Windows 7 with C#?
        public static void Write()
            {
            //IniFile ini=new IniFile(Application.StartupPath+@"\\config.ini");
            IniFile ini=new IniFile("C:\\users\\monitoring_config.ini");

            ini.WriteValue("MAIN","rb_ON",MAIN.rb_ON.ToString());
            ini.WriteValue("MAIN","rb_OFF",MAIN.rb_OFF.ToString());
            }

// This is in IniFile.cs
        [DllImport("kernel32")]
        private static extern long WritePrivateProfileString(string section,
            string key,string val,string filePath);

        public void WriteValue(string Section,string Key,string Value)
            {
            WritePrivateProfileString(Section,Key,Value,this.path);
            }

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Thanks in advance,
ocaccy
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by:b_levitt
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I'm guessing UAC is not going to let you.  Using "run as administrator" with your program should address the issue.
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Vel Eous earned 500 total points
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As b_levitt has mentioned in their post, UAC will most probably prevent you from writing to this directory due to permission reasons.  You can choose to run the application as an administrator, however, this assumes that you have suitable credentials to authenticate with.  This might not be the case if your application is to be consumed by a standard user.

Rather than reducing your UAC level which is:
Unadvisable
Certain to raise eyebrows if you're developing for a client and request they reduce UAC levels

You should consider writing to one of the many Special Folders made available to you in the Environment.SpecialFolder enumeration.  Some of the more utilised ones include:
Common application data
Program data
User profile

[More folders here]

The folder you write to will be determined by the scope of the file you are attempting to write.  If the file is going to be shared between users to define an applications behaviour then you might want to choose common application data, or user specific local application data.  If the data is user specific and nothing to do with an application the the user profile folder might be ideal.  Choice is yours.

using (System.IO.StreamWriter sw = new System.IO.StreamWriter(Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.CommonApplicationData) + @"\config.ini", true))
{
    sw.WriteLine("Your data to write goes here");
}

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by:ocaccy
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Thank you.

We need to work on Windows Vista and 7.
Let's use this app internally in the company.
All users are administrator.

I used the code above, it worked on my pc W7, but not on others pcs W7 and Vista.
We could manually change the permissions for this folder: C:\Users ?
But we decided that the application should do own it.
What should we do to work on all pcs W7 and Vista the code above?

Thank you in anticipation, ocaccy
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by:Vel Eous
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There should not be any issues using the code snippet supplied on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.  I suggest you step through the code in a debugger and see what happens.
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by:ocaccy
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It worked on my machine without asking for administrator privilege.
Thank you, ocaccy
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