TMG-L ArchivesArchiver > TMG > 2006-10 > 1159999553
From: SF Pantano <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Project Files In My Documents
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 15:05:53 -0700
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Thanks for the explanation, Jim. That helps a lot!
It makes sense to have this stuff in a separate folder and on a separate
I think I'll add the relocation of user data and exhibits to my To-Do
list for this weekend.
Jim Byram said the following:
> Sandie Pantano wrote:
>> I'm a little confused here when you say "the Program Files TMG
>> program should not contain any program data or user data"...when TMG
>> is installed, doesn't it create a projects folder under TMG in the
>> Program Files? Isn't that considered program data or user data?
> Yes. It's a bad practice even under WinXP but WinXP doesn't enforce
> the rules.
>> So taking it further, are you saying that those should be moved to
>> something else (ie..a seperate folder in My Documents) to avoid
>> future problems if one moves from WinXP to WinVista?
> It's not a bad idea to relocate your user data (projects, exhibits)
> but you can't relocate the program data (except for the reports and
> timeline folders).
> You can install TMG under WinVista as is. You can 'create' project
> folders and files in the Program Files TMG folder. Or at least you and
> the program think that is happening. In the background, VinVista
> 'virtualizes' the data files and actually creates and uses a copy of
> the files hidden in the user tree.
> C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\The
> Master Genealogist\etc.
> This allows the Sample project, for example, to be used. The Sample
> project files in the Program Files folder are never actually used (or
> at least written to).
> The point of 'virtualization' is to provide compatibility for legacy
> All that said... When TMG is updated for WinVista, all data files
> should be removed from the program space and relocated to user space
> so that TMG will actually be a WinVista-compatible program.
> It is not a bad practice to get your user data out of the program
> folder and into user space now. Otherwise, in the future, a TMG update
> might need to relocate your data. That is not a problem. TMG is not
> going to lose any of your data if relocation is necessary.
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