Internet Explorer Plugins and Vista

So I’ve recently got a new machine that came pre installed with Windows Vista.  And now I’ve got the fun task of trying to make everything work again with my plugin 🙂

 

There are a number of places where I’ve found some good info on this, which I will enumerate here for your and my benefit.

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/vista-security/PMSurvivalGuide.aspx – A Developer’s Survival Guide to IE Protected Mode

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc138019.aspx – Inside Windows Vista User Account Control

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb250462.aspx – Understanding and Working in Protected Mode Internet Explorer

http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/02/09/528963.aspx – Protected Mode in Vista IE7

A couple of key things if you’re relying on the compatibility shims: (described in a little more detail in the 4th link)
Registry Accesses (to HKCU software) are moved to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\InternetRegistry\REGISTRY\USER\[User security identifier – SID]\Software\[my key]
File accesses (to acceptable locations) are moved to 
 %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized\{system drive letter}\Users\{username}
I hope to update more this as I dive further into updating my plugin and making it work in both XP and Vista.
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