sharing programs with other users on my system

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I have installed a couple of programs as comp. admin; but these programs are
unavailable to the other user accounts. As program software should be
installed under program files, the instruction to 'drag the folder to the
shared documents folder' seems inappropriate. Surely I do not have to have
two copies of each program installed on the system - besides, office is only
in program files and yet it is shared. Can anyone help???
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    Hi Carmel,

    See if this helps explains things:
    http://users.westelcom.com/rogersr/xpsware.htm

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    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Carmel" <canabear@westnet.com.au> wrote in message
    news:414ae08b$1@quokka.wn.com.au...
    >I have installed a couple of programs as comp. admin; but these programs
    >are unavailable to the other user accounts. As program software should be
    >installed under program files, the instruction to 'drag the folder to the
    >shared documents folder' seems inappropriate. Surely I do not have to have
    >two copies of each program installed on the system - besides, office is
    >only in program files and yet it is shared. Can anyone help???
    >
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    Carmel wrote:
    > I have installed a couple of programs as comp. admin; but these
    > programs are unavailable to the other user accounts. As program
    > software should be installed under program files, the instruction to
    > 'drag the folder to the shared documents folder' seems inappropriate.
    > Surely I do not have to have two copies of each program installed on
    > the system - besides, office is only in program files and yet it is
    > shared. Can anyone help???

    HOW TO: Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783&Product=winxp

    HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove Special Permissions for Files and
    Folders in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308419&Product=winxp

    Doug's Windows XP Security Console
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm

    Windows XP is a multi-user OS, even when used by one person only, the
    fundamentals don't change.

    Documents and Settings is the directory that contains your user
    information/documents/etc. It also contains a few extra directories used by
    Windows.

    One is "Default User" - This is used whenever a new account is created. It
    bases the initial setup of that account off this directory.

    Another is "All Users" - This is used by.. all users. If you want something
    to appear on the desktop of every user of the machine, you put it on this
    users desktop (in the desktop folder.) Etc.

    You may also see "Administrator" - depending on your setup, this is the
    original administrator user and if you know that account's password, you
    should leave him alone and use him only in an emergency.

    You could also (if you have it where you can see ALL files) see
    "LocalService" and "NetworkService" folders. These are service accounts,
    normally unused by the standard user.

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    The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
    yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
    responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
    getting into before you jump in with both feet.
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    Carmel wrote:
    > I have installed a couple of programs as comp. admin; but these
    > programs are unavailable to the other user accounts. As program
    > software should be installed under program files, the instruction to
    > 'drag the folder to the shared documents folder' seems
    > inappropriate.
    > Surely I do not have to have two copies of each program installed on
    > the system - besides, office is only in program files and yet it is
    > shared. Can anyone help???


    This is quite common if the software was designed for Win9x/Me, or
    if it was intended for WinNT/2K/XP, but was improperly designed. Quite
    simply, the installation routine for this application doesn't "know"
    how to handle individual user profiles, or the application tries to
    make changes to "off-limits" sections of the registry. Quite often,
    you can make this software available to other users by _copying_ the
    Start Menu folder and Desktop folder shortcuts from the user profile
    from which the software was installed in the corresponding folders in
    the user profile(s) in which you'd like the software to be accessible.
    If the application is something that can/should be made available to
    all current and future users, copying the shortcuts into the
    corresponding locations of the All Users profile will do the trick.

    NOTE: This may not work if the software requires access to parts
    of the hard drive and/or registry that are not normally accessible to
    regular users. (This won't occur if the application was properly
    written.) If this does prove to be the case, however, you're left
    with two options: Either grant the necessary users appropriate higher
    access privileges (either as Power Users or local administrators), or
    replace the application with one that was properly designed
    specifically for WinNT/2K/XP.

    Some Programs Do Not Work If You Log On from Limited Account
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q307091

    Additionally, here are a couple of tips suggested, in a reply to a
    different post, by MS-MVP Kent W. England:

    "If your game or application works with admin accounts, but not with
    limited accounts, you can fix it to allow limited users to access the
    program files folder with "change" capability rather than "read" which
    is the default.

    C:\>cacls "Program Files\appfolder" /e /t /p users:c

    where "appfolder" is the folder where the application is installed.

    If you wish to undo these changes, then run

    C:\>cacls "Program Files\appfolder" /e /t /p users:r

    If you still have a problem with running the program or saving
    settings on limited accounts, you may need to change permissions on
    the registry keys. Run regedit.exe and go to HKLM\Software\vendor\app,
    where "vendor\app" is the key that the software vendor used for your
    specific program. Change the permissions on this key to allow Users
    full control."

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    Bruce Chambers

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    "Carmel" <canabear@westnet.com.au> wrote in message
    news:414ae08b$1@quokka.wn.com.au...
    >I have installed a couple of programs as comp. admin; but these programs
    >are unavailable to the other user accounts. As program software should be
    >installed under program files, the instruction to 'drag the folder to the
    >shared documents folder' seems inappropriate. Surely I do not have to have
    >two copies of each program installed on the system -

    That depends (is decided by) on the softwaremanufacturer and how he put the
    software and install routine together.
    If the software is 'handled' (developed and installed) as being for 'all
    users' (like Office) then you don't have to.
    If it isn't (and a lot of software isn't) you have to install it for every
    user, so every user gets the correct registry entries put into *his/her*
    part of the registry. You just install it again into the same folders as the
    first time, so you don't have to choose seperate folder structures for it.
    (At least that's a relief :-))
    Office puts its stuff mainly in a that part of the registry that is
    accessible for 'All Users'.
    Hope this helps clarify why.

    george

    > besides, office is only in program files and yet it is shared. Can anyone
    > help???
    >
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