How does the sourcetree installer add the HKEY_Classes_Root entry for the protocol without elevated privileges?

the Sourcetree installer doesn't request elevation when installing the first time, however it creates an entry in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry hive, and I can't figure out how it does that.

 

This question is more for the maintainers/authors of sourcetree than the community. I have an app where I need to register a protocol handler as well, but I can't write to that registry key without elevation, however I noticed sourcetree does it somehow.

 

I'll owe you a beer.

 

Brad

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I can't speak for Atlassian but I suspect this is because their installer is digitally signed and that signature is trusted by Windows for installation and registry modification.

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