What is the equivalent to the Windows “Program Files” folder? (Where do things go when I install them?)


The majority of the script entries can have constants embedded in them. These are predefined strings enclosed in brace characters { }. Setup or Uninstall translates the constants to their literal values, depending on the user's choices and system configuration. For example, {win}, as described below, would translate to "C:\WINDOWS" on most systems.

A "{" character is treated as the start of the constant. If you want to use that actual character in a place where constants are supported, you must use two consecutive "{" characters. (You do not need to double "}" characters.)

When a backslash immediately follows a constant, Setup or Uninstall will automatically remove the backslash if the value of the constant ends in a backslash already. Thus, if the value of a particular constant is "C:\", {constantname}\file will translate to "C:\file", not "C:\\file". If you want to prevent this from happening, enclose the backslash in { } characters, e.g. {app}{\}.


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If you click on the WindowsApps folder the following warning text will probably be shown:

You can get permission to the WindowsApps folder, and open up the folder, by following the instructions below:

1. Click the Continue button in the message box that is shown (see the image above). The following warning text will then be shown:

2. Click on the security tab link (don't click Close!). The following dialog box will now be shown:

3. Click the Advanced button. The Advanced Security Settings window will now be shown:

4. Click the Change link. The Select User or Group dialog box will be shown:

5. Enter your live ID or Windows 8 user name in the list. When finished, click OK. The Advanced Security Settings windows will be shown again:

6. Click OK. And click OK so many times that all open dialog boxes are closed. After that, close File Explorer and open it again....

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On Windows 7, go to the Windows Mail programs folder.

This can be found on programs on C drive. Before you install Windows Mail from Windows Vista, first you have to delete the Windows 7's Windows Mail program file. So what you have to do to install Windows Mail on Windows 7 is to delete the Windows 7 Windows Mail program file, and replace it with the Windows Mail program file from Windows Vista.

The Windows Mail program file in Windows 7 is locked by Windows. Try to delete the program file and Windows won't let you do it. So in order to delete the Windows 7's Windows Mail program file, you have to either-download and install Take Ownership. Which lets you take take ownership of any file and then you can delete it. Or-You can download and install Unlocker, which unlocks and deletes any program...
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Are you Worried because some of the Windows 10 Apps not working, Windows App store not working, or Windows Store opens and closes immediately?
It could be that a few of the Windows 10 Apps stop working after trying to fix issues with Microsoft Edge Browser, Cortana and Start Menu.

Or, The Windows 10 Apps not Working after a Windows Update or as a result of Running the Generic AppX PowerShell cmdlet. Find the Ultimate solution here. Whatever is the reason.

If the steps shown here are followed systematically, it can resolve the issues you face with the Windows 10 Apps.

It is a detailed step by step solution to fix issues related to Windows 10 Apps not working in the Windows 10 Operating System.

After reading through, come back to check this real life email troubleshooting sequence that led to a complete resolution: issues with 15 Windows 10 Apps – Resolved...

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@echo off REM download .ZIP file of PHP build from http://windows.php.net/downloads/ REM REM path to directory you decompressed PHP .ZIP file into set phpdir=c:\php set phppath=php-5.6.19-nts-Win32-VC11-x86 REM Clear current PHP handlers %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd clear config /section:system.webServer/fastCGI %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config /section:system.webServer/handlers /-[name='PHP_via_FastCGI'] REM Set up the PHP handler %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config /section:system.webServer/fastCGI /+[fullPath='%phpdir%\%phppath%\php-cgi.exe'] %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config /section:system.webServer/handlers /+[name='PHP_via_FastCGI',path='*.php',verb='*',modules='FastCgiModule',scriptProcessor='%phpdir%\%phppath%\php-cgi.exe',resourceType='Unspecified'] %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config /section:system.webServer/handlers /accessPolicy:Read,Script REM Configure FastCGI Variables %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config...
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Oh! I just booted my dual boot into Win 7 Professional (x86) to check NET Framework (i usually still prefer working in XP ). And you're right. I don't see any NetFramework versions installed under Win 7! I'll go back and check again what i read about Net Framework issues (as well as now i'm curious myself about how NET Framework is packaged into Win 7!)

It's still probably a good idea to run Windows Update just to double check you have all the updates.

It might also help if you can show me exactly which Microsoft Visual C++ packages you have installed so far (so i can go googling again to see if i can find anything more). You can see and easily report detail on your installed programs by installing MyUninstaller
> Note you may see stuff listed by MyUninstaller you don't normally see (i.e. Windows hides it) otherwise
> You can select the line items to report, click File->Save Selected then copy/paste or attach the text

As example, i apparently only have two...

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Not really.

The directory that serves as a common repository for application-specific data for the current roaming user.

AppData is, surprisingly, for application data, not for installation (Click Once/Silverlight applications aside). You can, and should still install into Program Files, just don't expect to write into that folder.

You can install software into AppData if you want it to follow a user about in an Active Directory environment, which happens if you put it in AppData\Roaming (the SpecialFolder.ApplicationData location).

You can also install into AppData if you want the software to be available to just the user that installs it. This can be useful if, for example, you have multiple users on the same machine, who all want to run different versions of the software in complete isolation.

If you want settings to only apply on the local machine then you use AppData\Local, which is SpecialFolders.LocalApplicationData - this will make AD...

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In this second part of this multi-part series Gizmo shows you how to partition your hard drive into a system drive and a data drive using free tools Part 1 Part 3

Warning: Drive partitioning is an inherently risky process. If something goes wrong you may lose all your data and you PC may become unbootable. Do not attempt any of the following procedures unless your data is full backed up and you have a Windows installation disk available. If you have any doubts about your technical ability to successfully carry out these procedures then don't; the risk is too great.

In this article I'll show you how to partition (or divide) your current C: drive into two smaller drives (partitions) so that the first partition C: will contain your Windows operating system (and some of your data) while the second partition will contain just data.

The process involves creating a second partition using the free space on your C: drive then, after the partition is created, moving...

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ClickOnce is a powerful and easy-to-use deployment technology that offers a relatively hassle-free experience for the end user when properly configured. The developer story for ClickOnce varies from super simple to maddeningly complicated, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

I recently wrapped up a project where ClickOnce was a large part of the release strategy, and also responsible for a lot of the headaches that went with it. If you use ClickOnce as it was intended, it’s remarkably effective. Knowing that most of you reading this article probably don’t use stuff “as intended” I’d like to offer you the benefit of my experience:

1. ClickOnce is a “non-impactful” deployment mechanism. This means you can’t do things ordinary installers can, like adding a new font, putting files in the GAC, or changing registry settings.

Keep this between us, but you actually can install a new font. It just requires a small workaround. In order to do this, you have...

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Like its predecessors, Windows 8 imposes strict access permissions on system-wide locations, folders and files. These access permissions restrict unauthorized users (including clients on network, and standard and guest users on local PC), and external sources (malicious scripts, viruses, malwares etc), from accessing core system folders and files. You may know that, when a malicious script attacks a system, it attempts to gain admin or root access to the system to exploit security vulnerabilities. In contrast to previous Windows versions, Windows 8 comes with an enhanced, and robust Advanced Security Settings, making it difficult for a novice users to gain complete control over the system locations, folders and files.

The file permission is a pre-defined rule that is associated with numerous system objects/users, preventing unauthenticated objects from taking full control over the system files. These file access rules help Windows check if a user or system object can gain...

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This document describes the Python Distribution Utilities (“Distutils”) from the end-user’s point-of-view, describing how to extend the capabilities of a standard Python installation by building and installing third-party Python modules and extensions.


Although Python’s extensive standard library covers many programming needs, there often comes a time when you need to add some new functionality to your Python installation in the form of third-party modules. This might be necessary to support your own programming, or to support an application that you want to use and that happens to be written in Python.

In the past, there has been little support for adding third-party modules to an existing Python installation. With the introduction of the Python Distribution Utilities (Distutils for short) in Python 2.0, this changed.

This document is aimed primarily at the people who need to install third-party Python modules: end-users and system...

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Using this makefile, and this patch, I successfully compiled Samba under Windows.

Here are the steps to run Samba 3.0.23c under Windows XP Pro SP2. This should also work (but I haven't tested) for any version of Windows, including Windows XP Home, 2000, or 2003:

Samba 3.0.23 on Windows Ross Smith 11/07/2006 Please note in order to get Samba to compile under Cygwin, I had to remove a build check that reports: ERROR: No locking available. Running Samba would be unsafe So please do not assume Samba will actually work under Windows. Assume it won't. Instructions to remove Samba are at the end of this file. To install Samba 3.0.23 in Windows, perform the following steps: 1. Download samba-3.0.23c-ross.zip: wget http://smithii.com/files/samba-3.0.23c-ross.zip 2. Unzip to "C:\Progra~1". For example: unzip -o -d "C:\Progra~1" samba-3.0.23c-ross.zip 3. Add the following to your system path: C:\Progra~1\samba\bin;C:\Progra~1\samba\sbin 4. Open a Command Prompt window: ...
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