Mystery registry change upon change of account type

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Can anyone point me to documentation of the effect wherein HKCU registry
keys showing to regedt32 and apps change when the user's account type is changed?

A user of account type Standard installed an app which created some config
keys, and regedt32 showed these keys fine, under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ .
But they are invisible when the account is changed to account type
Administrator, and reappear when it is changed back to Standard.

Even odder is that when the app runs from the user as Standard, the key
values it receive appear to be those from the Administrator version. This
caused a nasty data loss bug in the apps output, so I'd like to understand
the cause.

Thanks.
 


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