Is there already a solution available that copies a current user reg file to all users and future users?

It's because I have a software deployment that must be made and 2 current users keys that must be added but for all users. A big thanks!


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There is a widely known Active Setup to help you with this kind of problem.

Answered 08/29/2013 by: dj_xest
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  • mmm, let me have a look
  • Or you could write a scheduled task that lists all your users on a machine and then writes the required values to all new users on your machine.

    But Active setup (or even just advertised shortcuts with correct placement of the regkeys in user-components) is easier. The shortcut checks if all components of the application are present at start of the application and if not installs the missing user parts.
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Config of an Active Setup via CMD

if not exist "%systemdrive%\Active Setup" md "%systemdrive%\Active Setup"

if not exist "%systemdrive%\Active Setup\%AppName%" md "%systemdrive%\Active Setup\%AppName%"

rem copy /y "%~dp0[File.Ext]" "%systemdrive%\Active Setup\%AppName%\[File.Ext]" >>"%LogFile%"

copy /y "%~dp0UserInstall.cmd" "%systemdrive%\Active Setup\%AppName%\UserInstall.cmd" >>"%LogFile%"

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\%AppName%" /v "StubPath" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%inst%\Active Setup\%AppName%\UserInstall.cmd\"" /f

Answered 08/30/2013 by: tecrumors
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  • Does anybody have any suggested reading materials about Active Setup ?
    Currently we pay an external person to do all out packages I'd like to know a little more
    • Have a look at http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/appdeploy-articles-activesetup or http://blogs.msdn.com/b/aruns_blog/archive/2011/11/02/10176957.aspx
      I used these two articles and that's pretty much it, it's not that trickey to do.
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You can copy the "ntuser.dat" file from the profile to "default users" profile for this. This will retain the application setting for new user who logs in.

Answered 09/04/2013 by: wakwarsi
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