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User Programs

This category of reports will help you update or troubleshoot user-installed programs.

User Account Control (UAC) will prevent non-administrators from installing software in C:\Program Files and C:\Windows. In Windows Vista and above, however, users can install applications with a properly setup MSI file. The application’s MSI file setup installs a virtual copy of C:\Program Files called C:\Programdata. This allows applications such as GoToMeeting, Chrome, Firefox, etc., to be installed by the user without the IT Department’s knowledge.

Native Configuration Manager tools will not be able to inventory these items, so that is why this category of reports was created. Configuration Manager Administrators can now review security issues involving user-installed software and act where appropriate.

Once this category of reports is installed, you can also create a collection of all the computers that have a particular user program. More details

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