by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/02/23 01:15 -08:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/michkap/archive/2006/02/23/537696.aspx
It may seem to you like deja vu all over again, But I am going to once again quote a bit of Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams, just as I did in this post:
Ford Prefect hit the ground running. The ground was about three inches farther from the ventilation shaft than he remmbered it, so he misjudged the point at which he would hit the ground, started running too soon, stumbled awkwardly and twisted his ankle. Damn! He ran off down the corridor anyway, hobbling slightly.
All over the building, alarms were erupting into their usual frenzy of excitement. He dove for cover behind the usual storage cabinets, glanced around to check that he was unseen and started rapidly to fish around inside his satchel for the usual things he needed.
His ankle, unusually, was hurting like hell.
The ground was not only three inches farther from the ventilation shaft than he remembered it, it was also on a different planet that he remembered, but it was the three inches that caught him by surprise. The offices of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were quite often shifted at very short notice to another planet, for reasons of local climate, local hostility, power bills or taxes, but they were always reconstructed exactly the same way, almost to the very molecule. For many of the company's executives, the layout of their offices represented the only constant they knew in a severely distorted personal universe.
Something, though, was odd.
This was not in itself surprising, thought Ford as he pulled out his lightweight throwing towel. Virtually everything in his life was, to a greater of lesser extent, odd. It was just that this was odd in a slightly different way than he was used to things being odd, which was, well, strange. He couldn't quite get it into focus immediately.
Upgrading Windows is a big deal.
I mean, an operating system is not the sort of thing that most people pay a lot of attention to, it is a foundation piece.
Buying a new copy of Windows and then installing it on a machine you already have can be a traumatic experience.
So one decision that was made a long time ago in Windows is that large parts of what is stored in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER section of the registry (which represents the user's settings) would survive the otherwise traumatic process of the upgrade.
Of course the user locale settings make up a small part of that preserved section.
Perhaps it is something that some people would not notice, especially in a situation where the whole world is changing that way. But in a way I guess we'd like to feel that if we did fail to preserve those setting that it could be a bit like Ford Prefect's situation with the unexpected location of the ground....
If you know what I mean? :-)
(Ok, now for a little Windows trivia!)
Of course there is one exception to this principle, one time that we did make a change to existing settings. Does anyone know what that one time is?
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