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To install files & folders on HOMEDRIVE

Hi All,

I want to copy certain files and folders during installation on HOMEDRIVE (H:\) The client doesnt want this to be hardcoded in the package.

I have thought of using AppSearch to read value from the registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Volatile Environment\HOMEDRIVE, store its value as a property and use it to install files accordingly. However, I am not sure if this is the right approach and if this will work in the live environment.

I have also gone through the posts related to this on this site but dint not find anything that helps me.

Can someone please guide me in the correct direction.

Thanks

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Posted by: pjgeutjens 11 years ago
Red Belt
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I have thought of using AppSearch to read value from the registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Volatile Environment\HOMEDRIVE, store its value as a property and use it to install files accordingly. However, I am not sure if this is the right approach and if this will work in the live environment.

Beware the following pitfall with this approach: Depending on your distribution mechanism for the package, installation might actually be done under LocalSystem credentials, so you won't in fact be accessing the logged-in user's data.

This to me sound like a job for advertisement and self-healing, combined with a CA, or an Active Setup solution.

Rgds,

PJ
Posted by: timmsie 11 years ago
Fourth Degree Brown Belt
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Pieter is right you'll need to use

advertisement and self-healing, combined with a CA, or an Active Setup solution


or you could change the shortcut for the app and use a wrapper that copies the files to the users H: drive before launching the applications.
Posted by: WiseNdMe 11 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
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Thankyou for your replies.

I want to install the files through MSI itself so wont be using wrappers to do the same, although a good idea.

I am thinking of using CAs but right now have no clue how to make this work.
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