Hello! I'm a longish-time user (and fan) of Awasu Advanced Edition. I just rebuilt my laptop on Windows XP, and decided to finally follow my own Best Practices advice, and make my day-to-day user account a member of the "Users" group only (ie, not a member of the local "Administrators" or "Power Users" groups).
I installed Awasu while logged in as the local Administrator, and then logged back in as myself to try to use it, but realized that the architecture of Awasu makes working this way pretty challenging.
Specific Issues I've encountered so far:
1) I get an error balloon when launching Awasu: "Can't configure the feed: protocol." Error detail reads "Can't open HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/feed: Access is denied." I have >read< access to HKCR/feed (and below), so I'm not sure what other permissions I need, nor why...
2) At first, I couldn't create my user folder in the Awasu\Users folder - *that* was a non-starter. So I logged back in as Administrator, manually removed permission inheritance from the Awasu\Users folder, and then changed the permissions on it to grant the "Create Folders / Append Data" permission to regular users. This seemed to do the trick, but shouldn't be necessary (see General Issues, below).
3) I can't update the "Awasu\Resources\Channel Packs" folder - not fatal, but I believe Awasu periodically (?) refreshes the ChannelPacks.index file in this folder...
It's basically a "Bad Idea" (isn't it?) to keep user data/settings within the application directory if it can be helped. I believe that the recommended practice (see, e.g., http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/xpusrdat.mspx
) is that these be kept in each user's profile path, and/or in the HKCU part of the registry. This is safer, easier to maintain and manage, requires less user privilege, and is easier to back up and restore (the Save/Load Sync Data ability is great, but I don't most admins don't generally back up anything under the "Program Files" folder). So I guess this is something of a bug report, and something of a feature request. How easy/hard would it be to modify Awasu's architecture to store user data in (e.g.) "Application Data\Awasu" or "Local Settings\Application Data\Awasu"?
Thanks for any tips/feedback - and thanks for producing such a great application!