User Profile Hives

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With the hive registry, each time a new user logs on, a new directory is created for that user with a separate file for the user registry. This is called the user profile hive. A user's hive contains specific registry information pertaining to that user's applications, desktop, environment, network connections, and printer settings. The user profile hive contains all data under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER key. When the current user is logged off and another user is logged on, the new user's hive is mounted, and the data under HKEY_CURRENT_USER changes.

The registry subkey ProfileDir under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\init\BootVars registry key indicates the location where all user directories are placed. Each directory is given the name of the user to whom it belongs.

See Also

Concepts

User Profiles in the Registry
Registry Types