Windows 10: Instaling programs just for my user account

Discus and support Instaling programs just for my user account in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; Hi! So me and my father share a desktop computer running Windows 10 on two different user accounts(both are linked to a Microsoft account) and each one... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by shoqw, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. shoqw Win User

    Instaling programs just for my user account


    Hi! So me and my father share a desktop computer running Windows 10 on two different user accounts(both are linked to a Microsoft account) and each one of us has installed various programs. However, when I installed some of my games, they popped up on his desktop, and I don't really want my stuff to be on his account too. So my question is, is it possible to install software such as Steam, Discord etc... just to one user account, so I can be the only one that sees it and can access it, or our programs will be shared on both of our desktops, start menus etc. ?

    :)
     
    shoqw, Dec 30, 2017
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  2. wrayc954 Win User

    windows 10 update

    different microsoft login accounts

    the programs are installed

    they just don't appear in my startup menu or program list

    my computer is Gateway FX510XT

    the problem is not the computer

    something happened during update process

    the other user account on the same computer is fine

    no desktop icons or programs missing

    thankyou
     
    wrayc954, Dec 30, 2017
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  3. why cant i go back to windows 7

    I have master account and user account in windows 7 and also in windows 10

    after the transformation from windows 7 to 10 i changed my passwords and also downloaded a program called vlc which is a media playing program from the store in which the vlc program never installed onto my user account it just installed
    into the master account so i deleted the vlc program

    that basically is the extent of what i did to my windows i am going to do a quick check now of dir on c brb

    shows windows and an old windows.old

    is their a place i can download a legal copy of windows 7 64 bit and ill just do a reinstall and copy my files to a usb and transfer them
     
    paulhoover68, Dec 30, 2017
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  4. Instaling programs just for my user account

    Some program installers give you the option of installing just for your own account. Most do not.

    The only difference between "just for me" and "for everyone" is in the placement of the shortcuts ... as you already seem to know.
    So if a program won't allow "just for me" ... just install as usual, and then move the shortcuts from the "everyone" location to the "personal" location, as follows ...

    In the "everyone" Start Menu folders, found here ...
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    ... any shortcuts will be visible by everyone in his Start Menu, regardless of login.

    But if those shortcuts are in either of these "personal" folders ...
    C:\Users\<YOUR-USER-NAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    C:\Users\<YOUR-USER-NAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    ... then only you will see them in your Start Menu.

    There's a similar situation with desktop files (whether those files be shortcuts or any other type of file).

    Items placed in the "everyone" location, here ...
    C:\Users\Public\Desktop
    ... will show up on everyone's desktop, regardless of login.

    Where as items placed in your personal desktop folder, found here ...
    C:\Users\<YOUR-USER-NAME>\Desktop
    ... will only show up on your desktop.


    Feel free to move shortcuts from either of those "everyone" locations to your "personal" location.
     
    margrave55, Dec 31, 2017
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