can anyone tell me why ProgramData folder in Vista and Windows 7.
in earlier widows version like windows xp,windows 2000,Widows 2003 only ProgramFiles Folder .But in the case of Vista and Windows 7.Program Files and Program Data Folder.Why Program
Data Folder is needed in Vista and 7 .Kindly let me know the idea.Any help would be highly
appreciated.

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Here are a few explanations . I think it was under the user's folder on XP.

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Program Files holds all off the program files required to run an application. This folder is secured to prevent malicious software from tampering with your programs.

ProgramData holds all of the settings and other dynamic information used by the applications. This folder has less security because applications regularly modify these files. This folder was previously named Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data in Windows XP.

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