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Write registry keys to current user rather than admin user that installs the application

Posted on 2016-10-16
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I have a c# application that writes registry keys to the current user profile on installation. The company wants to roll out the application use an admin user and so when they run the MSI as that admin user, the registry keys get stored under that profile, rather than the profile that is currently logged in.

How can I fix this?
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You can't - that easily. Your choices are always to install for everyone (using HKLM and the All Users file locations) or for the current user.
But if you run an installer as admin while logged in as the user, you should have access to the user profile. I have to admit I don't know if HKCU points to non-admin or admin user, and if the latter how to know which is the correct profile ...
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If the target machine is a terminal server, make sure you throw it into install mode before you do the install. This is done at the command prompt with "Change user /install". Once the app has been installed, use "Change user /execute".

More here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/186504
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if the target user already has admin rights, you easily could run the Setup program (after uninstalling) from user account 'as administrator'. then the current user automatically should get the right settings in the registry.

if they are not Administrator, I mean the 'run as administrator' will ask for both, adminstrator account and password, what also should have the wished result.

if i am wrong, it may simplest for you, to temporary make them an Administrator.

if that isn't an option the user may login at their account. then you would open a command window and start the setup with runas command:

runas /profile /env /user:mydomain\admin "setup program or msc"

the /env would make that the local environment was used for the setup.

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Unfortunately the Asker didn't respond, but the given solutions are valid nevertheless and should be PAQ'ed.

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