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Not sure if this has been asked before (couldn't find an answer), but is there a way to reuse a user.config file from a previous version of the application? For example a user.config file is stored in:

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It's the same problem with System.Windows.Forms.Application.LocalUserAppDataPath, that I'd like to use to save other files (containing Listview data), which points to:

C:UsersJohnnyAppDataLocalCompanyApplication1.0.0.0 The Listview data and other files created by the app can't be used anymore.This can be solved by getting the user's appdata folder with Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.ApplicationData) and creating a new folder there with the name of the application. But this means there's one folder where the application is installed (user can choose this folder in the installer), one folder to save my own files to and one folder where VB stores the user.config file.

Can something be done about this "mess" or is this just something I have to live with?


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