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EVERYONE group missing from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\

Some software I installed was not working properly and the developer asked me to check the EVERYONE permissions under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\NameOfHisSoftware. Much to my surprise there the EVERYONE group was missing. I tried creating a new EVERYONE group but it didn't solve the problem nor did I think it would.

I don't recall deleting it, so could it have been an issue created during the install? The Windows 10 OS install was simple and straight forward, based on the most current ISO Windows had to offer.

Thanks,

phil

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From what you explained, it more like an issue with the software installation and not the Windows.
You may check the event viewer and see if there is any relevant error there.
You will need to ask the developer to check and verify this issue.

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I would say it's pretty interesting why a software would need some HKCU key granted access to everyone to work.

You install the software, you run the software, and all keys under HKCU hive is with read-write access to the user by default (each users have their own HKCU hive).

If some key has to be read by everyone, it should have written to HKLM hive instead. Or not only you need to give write access to "Everyone", the application have to manually load "your HKCU hive" into some custom root registry locations to read it. That simply doesn't make sense.

Btw, to specify "Everyone", make sure the "scope" is your computer instead of domain (a common mistake when claiming cannot specify built-in groups/users).

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