"John" <email@example.com> wrote ...
>I understand that Program Files is a somewhat special folder regarding
>security rights to create files etc. Is there a place I can go read about
>all the idiosyncracies of the Program Files folder? For example, if I
>install (with admin rights) a new program, will that new program's folder
>be read only etc like the parent program files folder?
That's right - "Program Files" is one of several special "Known Folders".
Actually this concept has been present in the Chicago-style shell since
Windows 95, although advanced markedly in Windows 2000 and again in Vista.
Basically, everything under C:\Program Files" (FOLDERID_ProgramFiles) is
strictly read-only to standard users.
The MSDN doco is rather developer-oriented, but will give you th inner
workings of how Windows treast these known folders:
Known Folders http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa969404.aspx
A good guide for application developers and installers, descibes Program
Files folder Virtualisation:
Windows Vista Application Development Requirements for User Account Control
A good general overview of UAC, incl Program Files permissions http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true
Hope this gets you started.
amclar (at) optusnet dot com dot au