User Accounts...HELP!


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Nikki

I installed all my software under the Admin account. Then
I created a 2nd limited account but when I log on under
the limited account name none of the new software or
anything is there. Can anyone tell me how to fix this? How
can I make everything available to bot user accounts.
 
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Colin Nash [MVP]

The programs you see under the Start menu have nothing to do with whether or
not you are an administrator.

A user will see the icons that are in his own profile under \DOCUMENTS AND
SETTINGS\username\START MENU\ as well as anything under \DOCUMENTS AND
SETTINGS\ALL USERS\START MENU. Same idea with Desktop icons (there's a
desktop folder in those locations.)


It's is a matter of how the application's setup program works.

Sometimes you need to move the icons from the individual user's Start
Menu/Desktop into the All Users one. Other (poorly written) applications
may actually insist that you run the installation under each specific user's
profile-- which may require you to temporarily elevate that account to an
administrator level.
 
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Peter Hutchison

The programs you see under the Start menu have nothing to do with whether or
not you are an administrator.

A user will see the icons that are in his own profile under \DOCUMENTS AND
SETTINGS\username\START MENU\ as well as anything under \DOCUMENTS AND
SETTINGS\ALL USERS\START MENU. Same idea with Desktop icons (there's a
desktop folder in those locations.)


It's is a matter of how the application's setup program works.

Sometimes you need to move the icons from the individual user's Start
Menu/Desktop into the All Users one. Other (poorly written) applications
may actually insist that you run the installation under each specific user's
profile-- which may require you to temporarily elevate that account to an
administrator level.

Try this little batch program to copy icons from current user's menu
to All Users menu:

@echo off
echo Copying Program short cuts from current user to All Users
xcopy c:\documents and settings\%username%\start menu\programs\*.*"
"c:\documents and settings\all users\start menu\programs"
pause

Peter Hutchison
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http://www.pcguru.plus.com/
 

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