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21 Mar 2023 14:11:22 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Install for multiple windows 7 users  
From: clipka
Date: 20 Aug 2014 06:25:29
Message: <53f47799$1@news.povray.org>
Am 19.08.2014 23:37, schrieb Chris Cason:
> On 20/08/2014 07:14, Alain wrote:
>> Did you ever try to install from an administrative account? It's the
>> ONLY way to install ANYTHING for all users. The "thousands of software
>> vendors" that you mention can not preform that "miracle" if the install
>> is not done with administrator credentials.
>> For the file colours.inc, it's a particular case. You need to make sure
>> that all users have a pov-ray folder in their profiles that have an
>> includes folder that will contain that file.
>> Also, have a scenes folder in each profiles. This is to ensure that one
>> user won't accidently modify the scenes from someone else.
>> Normaly, POV-Ray should build the needed registry entries from it's
>> current folder and the profile in use if those don't already exist.
> This is a good summary. The main issue is that for a pre-install to
> work we need to advertise a 'deferred install', which requires MSI
> support. A deferred install will automatically install the
> user-specific files in the users account the first time they run POVWIN.

... or we might implement the deferred install thing as part of 
POV-Ray's startup, like this:

(1) To install for all users, actually have the installer perform an 
install for the default user (HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT).

(2) On first time startup for a particular user, copy both registry keys 
and user files from the default user's account (modifying the DocPath 
registry entry of course).

Or am I missing something fundamental there?

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