Windows XP questions--sharing with multiper users?

  1. I hope one of you XP saavy folks can answer this question for me. I've been through lots of help menus and can't seem to find it addressed anywhere.

    Here's the scenario. One computer--3 regular users (2 kids and Mom). I've set it up for the three users, each with their own passwords so we can control our own settings etc.

    Here's the question...let's say I wanted to install a game under one user that I didn't want the others to have access to. How do I control who has access to what programs? I've found administrator options that allow me to control access to internet and other security functions, but nothing seems to address this question.

    Or...what is the flip side of this question...if I install a program logged in as a particular user will it only be available to that user? Or is accessible to all?
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  3. by   Bloke
    Originally posted by aimeee


    Or...what is the flip side of this question...if I install a program logged in as a particular user will it only be available to that user? Or is accessible to all? [/B]
    this wont work all will still have program available

    try creating a harsh rule for it see help file on harsh rule

    good luck
  4. by   adrienurse
    Can't help you Aimeee, but since we're on the subject of windows XP. I inadvertantly signed up for AOL when I downloaded netscape 7.0 and can't seem to erace it. I have no need for it and it keeps popping up on the screen (it think it's trying to infiltrate the computer and kill off all the microsoft componants). Couldn't erace it the regular way (ie through add/remove programs). Can anybody help me exorcise this evil scourge.
  5. by   kaycee
    aimeee
    We have four users on ours and I'm not into the games, but my son installs them all the time. I know that I can see them in the program list but not sure if I can totally access them. They don't show up on my desktop. I know when he downloaded a video that I wanted to see he had to set up a shortcut while in my screen for me to view it. He's the computer nerd and of course is still sleeping. I'll ask him when he gets up and get back to you.
  6. by   renerian
    Adrienurse, the aol pop up was driving me nuts as well plus I had weatherbug and yahoo messenger. Way to many pop ups. When I took my computer in for formating the hard drive after it failed on my laptop I asked them to take all the crap off. There is a way to do it when you reformat. I always take mine in for service for reformatting.

    windows XP is a challenge.

    renerian
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I don't do the multiple user thing. We just share it. The biggest problem I've had with xp is sometimes it won't recognize the cd player and I have to re-start the computer a few times before it shows up.
    -Russell
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    The biggest problem I've had with xp is sometimes it won't recognize the cd player and I have to re-start the computer a few times before it shows up.
    It used to do the same thing with my scanner. Couple of tweaks form the hubby, and it seems to always work now.

    I asked my hubby your question aimee.... and there isn't really a clear cut answer. We also run separate "user identities." He's the installer, always installing and tweaking. Sometimes the stuff is accessable to me, sometimes it isn't. He doesn't do anything different. But sometimes I'll have a new icon on my desktop, and I'll say "Is it OK for me to delete_____?"

    But everything is accessable if I do "Start," "All Programs," etc...

    Here's a link to the forum my hubby visits. He's learned alot there...... He says if you ask a question, someone will answer it soon enough.....

    TweakXP
  9. by   Mkue
    I have windows XP (Gateway), usually if I have questions I'll go to the chat support online, they are very helpful. Still getting used to XP.


    mkue
  10. by   RNinICU
    Aimee, you can only make your folders private if your hard drive is formatted as NTFS. If it is formatted this way:
    1. Open MYyComputer
    2. Double click the drive where Windows is installed, usually Drive C
    3. If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click "Show the contents of this drive"
    4. Double click the "Documents and Settings" folder
    5. Double click your user folder
    6. Right click any folder that you want to make private in your user profile, then click on Properties
    7. On the "Sharing" tab, select "Make this folder private"
    This should keep your program private.
  11. by   aimeee
    Thanks for all the answers, folks. I think I'll bookmark this thread and come back and reread it again and again when it is time to do my installing.
  12. by   Bloke
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Can't help you Aimeee, but since we're on the subject of windows XP. I inadvertantly signed up for AOL when I downloaded netscape 7.0 and can't seem to erace it. I have no need for it and it keeps popping up on the screen (it think it's trying to infiltrate the computer and kill off all the microsoft componants). Couldn't erace it the regular way (ie through add/remove programs). Can anybody help me exorcise this evil scourge.
    go to start menu and use the search to find any aol files
    and put in bin where all aol stuff should be

    you may need to also run regedit and remove any mention of aol from registry
  13. by   renerian
    Russell I have the same problem with the CD player. Bugs the heck out of me........same with the DVD player.

    renerian
  14. by   adrienurse
    Woohoo Bloke. All gone!

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