Software Deployment Question

Is ActiveSetup needed for HKCU registry entry deployment?

10/30/2012 2647 views

hi is it necessary to create active set up if app owner wants to enter the HKCU registry entries? because i am working on one application recently. all registry entries are showing to me but for end users it is not

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If the application does not have any advertised shortcuts then active setup is required. If there are advertised shortcuts in the application then you do not need active setup as when you launch the application and if anyone of your HKCU key is marked as keypath, it will self heal the application.

Answered 10/30/2012 by: piyushnasa
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This should be helpful.


Check post by jmcfadyen




Answered 10/31/2012 by: rock_star
3rd Degree Black Belt


Are you installing the application as Administrator user and checking the HKCU entries for the same user?

Are there any advertised shortcut in your package?

Is it vendor msi or captured?

Answered 11/06/2012 by: jagadeish
Red Belt

  • it is vendor msi...i am loging under anothr user and checking hkcu entries. there is no desktop shortcut only appears in start menu

To answer your question. Yes Active Setup is required to setup users setting if appliction doesnot contain any entry point.

Entry point  can be a COM entry passed via relevent COM table or an Advertised shortcut.

If your application doesnot contain any of the above, and it contains user related configuration that you must perform for every user who loggs in than you must implement ActiveSetup.

Vendor MSI with advertised shortcut may also require ActiveSetup if, user configuration resources and Advertised shortcuts belong to seperate features.



Answered 11/09/2012 by: VishalPaterya
Senior Yellow Belt

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