Photoshop: What is the difference between the user presets folder and the application presets folder?

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I'm using windows xp, I have CS5 design premium with photoshop extended. I would like to add some presets such as brushes ect. I see 2 possible places for them to go but not sure which folder to use & the difference between their locations & what that means to photoshop. One path is under Program Files/adobephotoshop/presets/brushes etc. I've shortened this up and the other is Application Data/adobe photoshop/presets/brushes etc. Where do these 2 different paths correspond to in photoshop's layout. Thank you in advance for your help & suggestions. Stacey
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The folder found inside the Photoshop application folder is where default presets are installed when you install Photoshop. Photoshop used to save user created presets to this location in the past. Modern OSes began locking down this location for limited user accounts (non-admin) - and presets could not longer be saved here if you weren't an admin level user.

As a result, Photoshop now uses the the user folder located at Application Data/adobe photoshop/presets/brushes to save new presets that users create in Photoshop and import through Photoshop. This folder can be accessed by limited user account.