Windows 10: Instaling programs just for my user account


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home
       31 Dec 2017 #1

    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. ?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    01 Jan 2018 #2

    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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
On my portable I have a local acct (administrator) and a MS acct (not administrator) users. I am the only user of this computer, a personal computer. I use the local acct 98% of the time. Is there a method to have the 2 accts synced(mirrored) so...
Guys I have done this in the past but cannot recall how and don't want to botch. I had hoped Windows 10 corrected the "rename user account" function but nope. I renamed a User Account due to conflict on the LAN and sure enough, now I have two...
I think all the issues I am having with W10 are user account based. Under Users on the C: drive, I have two Users being shown. I have no idea how that happened. I tried to figure out which one Windows was using, which I thought I did and deleted the...
I have UAC set one level below default, most programs will run without asking permission, however, Auslogics Defrag and Malwarebytes amongst some others, always need permission to run. How do I give these programs permanent permission to run?
Hi, Is there a setting that will allow me to access all documents and and apps in both user account and administrator account? I can not find one!
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:25.
Find Us