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Developing Microsoft® .NET Controls with Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET by John Connell

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Isolated Storage

This brings us to another interesting but little-known file storage area called isolated storage. In Windows Explorer, you can see representations of files and folders. While these are really bits on the hard drive, the file and folder representation permits us to write code to manipulate them. Isolated storage is a further abstraction that provides a standard way to manipulate files that are associated with a specific application and a specific user.

Ultimately, isolated storage files are files on a disk, and the files contained in isolated storage can’t be located using the File Explorer Search feature; however, a savvy user can still navigate to them. In this example, the encrypted file named Employee Reviews.doc is located ...

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