A question about NT Domains

Jens B. Jorgensen jjorgens at bdsinc.com
Fri Apr 10 14:19:02 GMT 1998

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Apr 1998, Paul Leach wrote:
> > > the registry settings in USER.DAT or NTuser.DAT overwrite the previous
> > > user's settings, leaving any settings _not_ in the current
> > > user's profile
> > > as-is.  what _should_ happen is that the old user's settings should be
> > > totally wiped out prior to putting the new settings in.
> > >
> > > it is therefore possible for one user to screw up subsequent user's
> > > settings.
> >
> > I don't understand this. USER.DAT will be a different file for different
> > users. I think that what you say should only happen is a second user comes
> > along and uses the same account as the first.
> ah, then i need to explain better.  two or more users have identical
> profiles.  say only one user installs a program which adds additional keys
> into the registry.  those keys, as i understand it, will *not* be removed
> from HKEY_LOCAL_USER when subsequent users log in.
> therefore it is possible, say, for someone to install a program and mess
> up the workstation for all other users.
> does that make sense, and/or fit in with anyone else's experience?

Sure it makes sense. However, are you sure the settings aren't being stored
under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE? There's nothing to stop the developer (except good
instincts!) from storing all program configuration data there.

Jens B. Jorgensen
jjorgens at bdsinc.com

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