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ClickOnce, File extension association and User configuration

Posted on 2014-02-22
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ClickOnce deployed application
Framework 4.5.1
Windows 8.1

The application uses a different set of user configuration data (settings) when launched through a registered file extension (double-click on the file) than it does when launched normally through the launch icon created by the ClickOnce installation.

Searching for the user.config file on the system, I see that 2 different files are created.

When the application is launched from a standard icon, user.config is in the C:\Users\Jacques\AppData\Local\JBFI\JBFlow.exe_StrongName... directory, JBFI being the name of the company provided in the ClickOnce deployment setup, and JBFlow.exe the name of the application.

When the application is launched through the file association, it ends up in C:\Users\Jacques\AppData\Local\Apps\2.0\Data\<standard ClickOnce garbage>\jbfl..tion..... directory.

Same user, but 2 sets of configuration settings.

Did somebody encountered that problem and found a way to have the same set of settings for the 2 different ways of launching the application?
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by:Ess Kay
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you might have to manually change the reg or some other settings.

you can start by reading here about click once and file associations

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8797929/how-to-manually-register-clickonce-file-associations-after-installation
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger) earned 0 total points
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Thanks for your input.

The link shows how to register file associations manually or through programming. This is not my problem, since I use the default file association mechanism, and it works perfectly.

My problem is with the user settings, that are not kept in the same place when I launch the application through a standard shortcut compared with lauching it through the file association.
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by:Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)
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Ended up using the database used by the application to record the settings.
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