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Old August 26, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Hello All,

Just a quick question. If i change a dword in regedit under current user will that take a affect for the next user that logs in?... so let say i change the dword on my account and my dad logs in will his dword now be the same?

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Old August 26, 2013, 06:45 AM
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No it won't. Any changes in Current User will only affect that user that is logged in.

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Old August 27, 2013, 04:45 AM
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thank you. Although i don't like your answer lol i figured that's how it worked
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Old August 27, 2013, 06:00 PM
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If both users are actively logged into the machine, you can look under HKEY_USERS and find the matching GUID for the user account (check the Volatile Environment key) and make the changes there.

Otherwise if the user is logged off, you can load the NTUSER.DAT file (which is the HKCU hive) in the user's profile folder. Just make sure you unload it afterwards!
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Old August 27, 2013, 10:22 PM
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if you want an easy way to get the users SID, just pop open powershell and copy/paste the following

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_UserAccount -Namespace "root\cimv2" -Filter "LocalAccount='$True'"

just to add to what JD mentioned about loading the ntuser.dat for a logged off user. If you'd like to apply the setting to newly users, you can do the same to the ntuser.dat in the Default profile folder
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