I have an application that does not work properly under a standard XP user account, with missing buttons and such. It does work properly under an admin account. I exported the Admin current user registry settings for the application and then imported them into the standard user registry settings. It seems to work now, but I am afraid there might be unforseen repercussions of doing this. Is this ok to do? Ok to do with some things to keep in mind? Or should this not be done at all? I probably should have asked about doing this first, but too late now. I will uninstall the application, and reinstall it if need be.
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That sort of registry manipulation is usually OK. There's no way to be certain that it won't cause problems, but since the application in question clearly already has problems I wouldn't worry about it too much.
One note: are you sure it was copying the registry data that resolved the problem? Is it possible that it was running it as an administrator that fixed it? That's a much more common scenario.