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    I have three machines running WinXP Pro on my home network. On each machine there are multiple user accounts, one for myself and one for my wife.

    I find that after installing applications on my user account, many aren't available (as installed) on my wife's account. A few applications ask if the installation is for myself or all users. These programs aren't the issue. I would like for a majority of the applications (e.g. firefox) installed to be available for all user accounts. Is there a simple way of accomplishing this?
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    Re: Syncing multiple user accounts on multiple WinXP machines

    the first thing I would do is check the permissions for the program. (im sure you know this already but just in case) right click the program exe and go to security tab and add user or group you want to allow access use to the program.

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      Re: Syncing multiple user accounts on multiple WinXP machines

      Originally posted by JollietJake View Post
      the first thing I would do is check the permissions for the program. (im sure you know this already but just in case) right click the program exe and go to security tab and add user or group you want to allow access use to the program.
      It's not really a matter of permissions actually. I can run programs from both accounts.

      What I would like sync'd are things like the start menu, desktop, etc.

      In addition, I'd also like things like firefox plugins to show up for all users.
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        Re: Syncing multiple user accounts on multiple WinXP machines

        This is up to the installer program. It is responsible for installing the shortcuts to the appropriate places.

        The easiest thing to do if the installer doesn't is place a shortcut to your desktop to the "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop".

        To make them show up in the specific places drag the individual them to the "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu" and/or "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop". To make this easy you can create a shortcut on your desktop to these places.
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          Re: Syncing multiple user accounts on multiple WinXP machines

          Originally posted by asch View Post
          It's not really a matter of permissions actually. I can run programs from both accounts.

          What I would like sync'd are things like the start menu, desktop, etc.

          In addition, I'd also like things like firefox plugins to show up for all users.
          sorry about that I misunderstood what you wanted to do. El_Gringo's suggestion is a good one.

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          • #6
            Re: Syncing multiple user accounts on multiple WinXP machines

            If you use NTFS, you might want to consider using junctions.

            They allow you to create a symbolic link to a directory. This is transparent to applications (including explorer).

            So you could point c:\Documents and Setting\anyuser\Desktop to a common folder, then ( in theory) all users would share the same desktop (read/write if the permissions are set right). I've played with junctions before ( to move applications from one drive to another without re-installing; the application thinks it's on C: but it's on another drive ), but not in this manner. You might want to create a dummy user and try it out.

            There might be another way to do this with the Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), but I've never played with this.

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              Re: Syncing multiple user accounts on multiple WinXP machines

              Watch out for the evil Desktop Cleanup Wizard. I got burned by it on a machine used by several users, when I elected to "clean" the Administrator's desktop. It proceeded to remove shortcuts from the All Users area, not just the Administrator's own desktop.

              If you have write access to All Users, turn that thing off! Right-click on the Desktop, select Properties, then the Desktop tab, then the Customize Desktop button, and deselect the checkbox to periodically run the cleanup wizard.
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