Registry: App Paths

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App Paths

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Windows Specific

An application that is installed for all users of the computer can be registered under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths registry key. In Windows 7 and later, an application that is installed for only one user can be registered under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths registry key.

The entries found under App Paths are used primarily for the following purposes:

  • To map an application’s executable file name to that file’s fully qualified path.
  • To append information to the PATH environment variable on a per-application, per-process basis.

If the name of a subkey of App Paths matches the file name, the Shell performs two actions:

  • The (Default) entry is used as the file’s fully-qualified path.
  • The Path entry for that subkey is appended to the PATH environment variable of that process. If this is not required, the Path value can be omitted.

Registry Keys
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

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