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Axlman
December 10th 04, 04:07 AM
Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my machine. One for
me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install on my
login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being able to
access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.

Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop settings?

Anando [MS-MVP]
December 10th 04, 04:16 AM
Hi,

The desktop shortcuts unique to a user are stored at:
C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Desktop

The desktop shortcuts that are available to all users are stored at:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop

So if you dont want a particular shortcut to show up on your girlfriend's desktop, remove the
shortcut from
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop and put under your desktop.

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Anando
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"Axlman" > wrote in message
...
> Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my machine. One for
> me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install on my
> login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being able to
> access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.
>
> Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop settings?

Axlman
December 10th 04, 04:23 AM
Thanks for that info. So when installing programs, is there a way to set the
install or something so that the shortcuts only go to my desktop?

"Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> The desktop shortcuts unique to a user are stored at:
> C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Desktop
>
> The desktop shortcuts that are available to all users are stored at:
> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
>
> So if you dont want a particular shortcut to show up on your girlfriend's desktop, remove the
> shortcut from
> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop and put under your desktop.
>
> --
>
> Anando
> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
> http://www.mvps.org
>
> Folder customizations
> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>
> Protect your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>
>
> "Axlman" > wrote in message
> ...
> > Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my machine. One for
> > me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install on my
> > login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being able to
> > access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.
> >
> > Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop settings?
>
>
>

David Candy
December 10th 04, 04:30 AM
That's what admins do, install software for everybody.

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> "Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:
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>> The desktop shortcuts unique to a user are stored at:
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>> Anando
>> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
>> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
>> http://www.mvps.org
>>=20
>> Folder customizations
>> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
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>> Protect your PC!
>> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
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>> "Axlman" > wrote in message=20
>> ...
>> > Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my =
machine. One for
>> > me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install =
on my
>> > login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being =
able to
>> > access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.
>> >
>> > Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop =
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Anando [MS-MVP]
December 10th 04, 04:32 AM
Unfortunately no. If the program was designed for Windows XP, it will ask you if you want to install
the program for everyone or just yourself during the installation. Else, it would not ask you and
install it for everyone.

--

Anando
Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
http://www.mvps.org

Folder customizations
http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku

Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/protect


"Axlman" > wrote in message
...
> Thanks for that info. So when installing programs, is there a way to set the
> install or something so that the shortcuts only go to my desktop?
>
> "Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> The desktop shortcuts unique to a user are stored at:
>> C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Desktop
>>
>> The desktop shortcuts that are available to all users are stored at:
>> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
>>
>> So if you dont want a particular shortcut to show up on your girlfriend's desktop, remove the
>> shortcut from
>> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop and put under your desktop.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Anando
>> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
>> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
>> http://www.mvps.org
>>
>> Folder customizations
>> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>>
>> Protect your PC!
>> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>>
>>
>> "Axlman" > wrote in message
>> ...
>> > Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my machine. One for
>> > me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install on my
>> > login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being able to
>> > access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.
>> >
>> > Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop settings?
>>
>>
>>

Sharon F
December 10th 04, 04:33 AM
On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 19:07:02 -0800, Axlman wrote:

> Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my machine. One for
> me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install on my
> login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being able to
> access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.
>
> Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop settings?

The programs that are showing up on her desktop as well are adding their
shortcuts to the All Users folders. If you want them on your desktop only,
copy the shortcuts to your folder (..\Documents and Settings\<your
account>\Desktop and then delete them from All Users\Desktop.
--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

Axlman
December 10th 04, 05:25 AM
Thank you all for your time, support and replies!

"Sharon F" wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 19:07:02 -0800, Axlman wrote:
>
> > Hi, I'm wondering something. I have to admin accounts on my machine. One for
> > me and one for my girlfriend. It seems that anything that I install on my
> > login, copies over to her desktop. I'm not worried about her being able to
> > access the programs, but they fill up her desktop with shortcuts.
> >
> > Is there a way to allow each user to have thier own desktop settings?
>
> The programs that are showing up on her desktop as well are adding their
> shortcuts to the All Users folders. If you want them on your desktop only,
> copy the shortcuts to your folder (..\Documents and Settings\<your
> account>\Desktop and then delete them from All Users\Desktop.
> --
> Sharon F
> MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
>

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