Installing files on a shared PC??

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kendgr8 | 14:47 Sat 26th May 2007 | Technology
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At home I use the family laptop which is a shared laptop using XP. Everyone has their own profile but the problem is how do I install something without it also appearing and being installed on other people profiles. For example I downloaded and installed 4 On Demand and Msn Messenger on my profile but they appear on everyone elses profile - much to their annoyance. How can I stop this? How can I install something so that it is only on my profile?


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A well behaved installer will ask you who - but in your case ....Install as usual
then right click on the start button
chose explore all users
(explorer will open in)
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu

drop one level to the programs folder
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
cut the folder(s) you want (ctrl+x)

in the same branch (C:\Documents and Settings\) you will see your username
In there is another programs folder
C:\Documents and Settings\you\Start Menu\Programs
paste the folder(s)

job done
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I tried all of the above but AC the Troll - What you told me to do works and removes the installed files from the Start Menu but the programme still autostarts and appears in the task bar at the bottom. The only way I can think stopping this is by going into Run and msconfig and removing it from there but I have to do this for everyones profile and I dont have access to everyones profile. Damn channel 4 On Demand!!
messenger is globally part of XP - it's either there or not ...
I'm not familiar with the 4od proggy

it gives you better control over what starts up - and if you are wrong ... easy to restore

have you looked in the startup folder?
if it's there same rules as before
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thanks for the file - I tried it out but it is only successful in removing it from my profile not others. I have decided to remove the channel 4 on demand programme as it is like a weed - spreading everywhere and damn hard to remove entirely. Thanks once again for your time

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