User preference file in Win32

Gerhard Häring gerhard.nospam at
Fri Aug 24 20:40:51 CEST 2001

On Fri, 24 Aug 2001 13:21:24 -0400 (EDT), Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams wrote:
>On Fri, 24 Aug 2001, Gillou wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Sorry, this is not 100% Pythonic question, but as I'm in process to write a
>> Unix/Win32 app.
>> I need to know where it's usual to store user preference (not in a registry
>> please) files for an app for Win32 applications (98,ME,NT,2000) as in Unix,
>> we may use something like "~/.myapp.conf"

I think there is no easy way to get this right on all flavours of win32. Every
win32 implementation seems to have its own idea of how to do this. 

I can tell you how to do it on Windows 2000:

The following registry keys refer to directories where programs can store their
configuration data. You normally create a subdirectory
"{companyname}/{productname}" in this directory. I'd use the second registry
key (...\Shell Folders\AppData).

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Volatile Environment -> APPDATA
    Shell Folders -> AppData
    Shell Folders -> Local AppData 

This doesn't work on NT4, however. And the GUIs on top of DOS are entirely
different again.

>You have to create a private directory under 'Local Settings' under the users
>profile directory.

This would have been the Windows 2000 case.

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