I wonder if there is someone out there able to help me with a problem I have to resolve regarding the deployment of the user preference files for all the Adobe products (e.g. Creative Suites type products).

I need to add the Adobe user preference files into each user's profile, because I have to configure certain preferences for my client. The preference files have a keypath pointing to themselves, and at deployment time, when it is installed under the administrator's account with ALLUSERS=1, the keypath for the various components related to the preference files point to the Administrators profile in the registry under the UserData subkey, and it is not possible to user a windows variable. I thought I would be able to simply stop these components having a keypath by removing the keypath entry in the table. But for some reasons, I am still finding entries pointing to the administrators profile directory structure. I resolved such a problem with other Adobe products before but on this occasion I am unable to stop the"self healing" process, the product is still looking for stuff under that profile, during some of my testing the components pointed to a path rather than a file itself, and of course since users do not have access to the directory structure, there's just no way.... I spent a couple of days on this already trying all sorts and I really think that the removal of the keypaths to any of these preference files should have worked. Maybe I am missing to do something further. Well no one seem to have reported this on this forum, so maybe I am really doing something wrong.[:@]

As a work around I had the idea to simply copy the preferences files by means of a custom action, but this custom action only gets triggered during the first installation. When the next user logs on and starts the products, it obvioulsy does not trigger the self healing functionality because it thinks it is fully installed already and that nothing is missing, so it works perfectly but the preference files are not copied, new default ones are of course created by the product. So I kinda got half successful with my idea. I don't know how I can make the custom action trigger once only for each different user. [:'(].

Well if someone had an idea on how to resolve this problem using either of the methods I was trying, I would be very very grateful, and I would be able to apply the solution on all products giving me this grief.....

Cheerio and thanks

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Hello again

Forget it !!!!!, I managed to solve it after all. I just moved the components which contained the user preference files out from "Complete" to the feature(s) where the actual shortcuts belong (It did not work also using Duplicate Files). I didn't know this would work....[:)]


Answered 09/29/2004 by: noflynn
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