Specialfolderpath (26) and roaming

ron barber runrevron at gmail.com
Mon Apr 19 04:06:19 EDT 2010

At one point I thought this discussion was decided in favor of using
specialfolderpath(35) rather than (26). If I remember, it had
something to do with the way Win 7 handled installations. Is it better
to use (26) or (35)?


On Apr 19, 2010, at 10:29 AM, J. Landman Gay wrote:

David Glasgow wrote:
Hello folks,
My platform specific saving data script now works fine.... thanks for
the advice so far.
However, I was thrown a bit because Specialfolderpath (26) on my
Vista machine points to a folder ..../appdata/roaming

But it's inside your user folder. Pre-Vista, it points to the user
data in application data, and Vista + it points to the user data in
appdata/roaming. It's just a change in folder structure. Both places
are the approved location for storing user-specific data.

As far as I can make out, if a user is logged into a server, this
directory is saved there, and will be accessible whatever machine is
subsequently used to log in.  I have to say I don't quite understand
how that would work in practice, because presumably each machine
could have a different variant of appdata/roaming......

No, it should save to the local drive. SpecialFolderPath points to the
local system.

Apart form not quite getting what is going on with the roaming thing,
my questions are:
1/ Does Specialfolderpath (26) serve different purposes on other Win

No. Same thing.

2/ Does it matter that a standalone for a single user & non networked
computer is saving information in the ..../appdata/roaming directory?

No. Both save to the local drive.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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