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Why is windows 7 deleting my files?

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So, i have this program that save it's settings using a .bin file, it work normally under xp, but in windows 7, since i disabled uac it keep deleting it after each reboot, what's wrong??? And im running on an admin acount... do i have to give the file special permision or something?

Is it because the file is in program files (x86) folder?

 

I really hate windows 7 over-security problem, it's just constantly get in the way of what you are trying to do... I guess ill have to use the registry, at least it wont delete my key (i hope...).

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So, i have this program that save it's settings using a .bin file, it work normally under xp, but in windows 7, since i disabled uac it keep deleting it after each reboot, what's wrong??? And im running on an admin acount... do i have to give the file special permision or something?

Is it because the file is in program files (x86) folder?

 

 

It might be due to UAC Folder Virtualization.

 

see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/gg465124

 

I really hate windows 7 over-security problem, it's just constantly get in the way of what you are trying to do... I guess ill have to use the registry, at least it wont delete my key (i hope...).

 

 

Its not overly secure and for most scenarios you want settings and other volatile data to be per user anyway so you shouldn't be writing to a global directory, like program files, anyway.

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Thx for the replys, i'll take a look at the ms stuffs when i have the time.

 

EDIT: The file was not deleted, but the settings didn't load for some reason, guess ill have to reproduce the bug in vmware.

 

Also, i can't add "Enable UAC" in vs because my programs interface is build using Delphi 6 (but most of the code is loaded from c++ dlls).

 

So, what's the best way to save programs settings nowaday?

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You do like MJP suggested and get the path to the Application Data directory via the appropriate API calls. Google searching "Delphi <FOLDERID>" where <FOLDERID> is the name of the constant that MJP pointed out might lead you down the correct path.

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