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By bobrace ·
This, I'm sure, has been asked before but here goes. Why when I setup a Win2K Pro PC and install software, it's not available for all users on that machine and How do I make it so.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Multiple Users and Applic ...

Hi,

The easiest way is to install under the Administrator account. Usually software detects this and asks whether you want to make it available for everyone or not.

If it doesn't ask and still isn't available, then you'll need to copy the appropriate parts of the installation to the "all users" part of the documents and settings area.

Look under the account it was installed under's area using the windows browser. (I think it browses to that area by default !) and copy the folders that are to do with the application to a similar spot under "all users".

That should take care of most of your problems although in rare cases, applications may be installed with specific security dissallowing anyone but administrators from running it correctly.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by joshua In reply to Multiple Users and Applic ...

bobrace,

To try and answer your question, some software my not be build with some of the rules of the new XP operating system.

This means that although the user that installed the software may be able to use it, other system users may not haveshortcuts to those applications in their own personal start menu and desktop shortcuts.

As you probably noticed, each user has their own folder under c:\documents and settings\%username% .The subfolders of each user contain the items related to their own personalize start menu, mail settings, mail store, desktop and more.

To work around the problems you encounter installing software that you want available for all users but may not be built for the XP/2000 environment follow these steps;1. Always install new software logged on as the system "administrator". (Good practice would be to NOT use the admin account for daily tasks)
2. If the installation routines do not create shortcuts for the other users you may create shortcuts for them (if you know your way around c:\documents and settings\%users%\ ).

NOTE that these two sets above are only applicable if the software will at least run for a single user. Some software will require that you "log off" not "switch user"

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