Redirected appdata permissions error


This is a long shot but I am a bit stumped. We are using Windows 7 on a 2012 domain and the latest Audacity 2.0.5.

Staff have re-directed Appdata folders which appear to be working for every bit of software apart from Audacity. When a program such as VLC is run for the first time it creates a folder in the re-directed appdata folder with the appropriate settings files, etc. When we run Audacity, it flashes on screen and doesn’t start because its unable to create the folder in the appdata folder. If I create an Audacity folder manually with the correct permissions then Audacity starts up as it should. I know its unlikely to be an Audacity problem but as its the only piece of software with these symptoms I am hoping someone has seen it before.

Many thanks in advance for any pointers.


Sorry none of us here are actually domain administrators, hence the questions may seem a little stupid to you.

Can you explain what exactly that means? Is “2012” to do with Windows Server 2012?

How exactly have you done that and where is the redirection to?

How have you worked out the “because” - are there specific error messages shown and if so, what do they say?

There will be two folders of concern - UsersAppDataRoamingAudacity and UsersAppDataLocalTempaudacity_temp.

Then it would seem you need to script a solution using the audacity.cfg settings file. You can also take advantage of the fact that Audacity will recognise an application data folder called “Portable Settings” in the folder the app is in.

For example, pre-create a new folder called “Portable Settings” (without quotes) in the folder where the Audacity program is to be installed. In the “Portable Settings” folder, create a file called “audacity.cfg” (without quotes) that has the following content at the top:


Obviously adjust TempDir as required, but include the double backslashes and ensure your users have permission to write there.