Have a look in the Appdata>Local and Appdata>Roaming folders in your profile. That's where that kind of data is located in Windows 7, and I expect it to be the same in WIndows 8, especially for desktop programs. Not sure about modern-style-tile-apps.
i recently lost a computer(mother board failure)but the hard drive is in tact and i can access with a SATA to usb device. have another computer up and running win 8. i am wondering how i find and transfer user specific data for instance i have a typing tutor program my wife and i both use we have different user names and have progressed differently. once i reload applications what do i need to move from the old hard drive to restore those applications to the earlier state with all user data, id, preferences, application progress etc.
is this data located in each applications folder or stored in separate locations throughout win 8
thanks in advance