I am using WPS 8 and I have a file to drop under User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\..

At install time, Wise drop the file under User\AppData\Roaming. My questions is, is there a reason why it default to Roaming instead of Local? Is there something wrong in my image or it is a default behavior now in WPS when deploying on Windows7 images?


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Roaming is the folder that would be synchronized with a server if you logged into a domain with a roaming profile (enabling you to log into any computer in a domain and access your favorites, documents, etc. Firefox stores its information here, so you could even have the same bookmarks between computers with a roaming profile.

Local is the folder that is specific to that computer - any information here would not be synchronized with a server. This folder is equivalent in XP to C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data.

LocalLow is the same folder as local, but has a lower integrity level. IE8, for example, can only write to the locallow folder (when protected mode is on).


Answered 08/02/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • This is really good explaination.. Thanks
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  • Have had to deal with this, I copy a install user to default when I sysprep my images and if any non-microsoft software puts info in Local it does not carry over, but the strange thing MS software does. (Thank Bill for squashing 3rd party software)
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If your install is using the variable %appdata%\microsoft change it to %localappdata%\microsoft

Answered 08/01/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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I hope you are trying to install your package on Windows 7

In Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8


Your package will use this environment variables during installation

Answered 08/02/2012 by: jagadeish
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Hello and thanks for the answers but I am still trying to understand.

By default using Wise8 Installation Expert/Feature Details/Files, when dragging files under Windows/Profiles/Application Data; they get copied under the roaming folder at install time or if there is something wrong in my image that default to roamin instead of local?



Edit: Ok, forget about it.. %AppData% seems to always default to Roaming.

So In each and every packages using Wise 8 if files are needed under Local, we need to tweak the package ? So what would be the best practice in Wise to counter this and use Local instead of Roaming when needed ?

Many thanks

Answered 08/02/2012 by: PackagerWannaBe
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  • If you are using roaming profiles or plan on syspreping and copying that user to default you want the info in roaming vs local.

    By design
    AppData\Roaming folder is used for User Profile specific data, while the AppData\Local folder structure is used for Machine Specific data.
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%APPDATA% -> C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming

%LOCALAPPDATA% -> C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local

%localappdata%low -> C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\LocalLow

Answered 08/02/2012 by: piyushnasa
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