separate user accounts and settings

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by cameron, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. cameron

    cameron Guest

    Hello all, I was wondering if someone could help me with this. I have windows
    vista premium and there are 2 users on our computer. Whenever I load any
    software on my side, it also goes on to the other side and visa versa.When we
    had xp, this was not a problem as our settings were saved after each session.
    So my question is, how do I keep our settings separate in vista? Any help
    would be greatly appreciated. Cameron
    cameron, Mar 12, 2008
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  2. So to be clear, when you install a program, the shortcuts to that program
    appear on the desktop and start menu of both user accounts. You'd like the
    shortcuts to appear only on your desktop and start menu.

    Generally, where a program puts its shortcuts is that program's business.
    Some program installers offer an option to install the program "Just for me"
    or "For all users of this computer".
    Jeff Smith [MSFT], Mar 13, 2008
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  3. cameron

    cameron Guest

    Thanks for your reply, Jeff, but to be more clear, it's not only shortcuts,
    but toolbars on internet explorer, the movement of icons on the desktop,
    downloaded programs from the internet, and having a program open on one side,
    and not being able to use it on the other side. (itunes for example) I have
    yet to run into a program that asked me "just for me" or "for all users of
    this computer". Thanks, but I'm still stuck!!
    cameron, Mar 13, 2008
  4. cameron

    JohnDavid Guest

    As Jeff wrote, it is the program install process that controls (or not) what
    users can access the program. And my experience has been as yours, that I've
    yet to have an installation ask me who can use the program.

    But there are some manual steps you can take to control access to programs.
    The steps I'll lay out won't help with toolbars, however. And I'm confused
    as to what you mean my "movement of icons on the desktop".

    Anyway:Users (YourComputer-DESKTOP\Users) and click Remove. This is the entry
    that give all users access to that folder. CAVEAT: make sure before doing
    this, that there is an entry for you (or for administrator). The result is
    that other users will be able to see C:\Program Files\NewProgram , but they
    cannot access it.

    Yes, the process is annoying, but's worked for me. If anyone has a more
    streamlined approach, I'm open to being educated. Hope this helps.
    JohnDavid, Mar 14, 2008
  5. It sounds like the problems you list are the sort that are usually problems
    with the specific program.

    For example, it's a known limitation in iTunes that two people can't use it
    at the same time (see here:

    In my experience, I've found that most "toolbar" type programs are pretty
    egotistical. When one person installs them, they assume everybody will want
    and love the toolbar. Of course, you can control them using Internet
    Explorer 7's "Manage Add-ons" feature (found in the Tools menu).

    The desktop icons bit mystifies me, however.
    Jeff Smith [MSFT], Mar 15, 2008
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