Windows 10: Two users, two different environments on a laptop

  1.    10 Jun 2018 #1

    Two users, two different environments on a laptop


    Likely a newbie question...
    I don't have a laptop so I can't check right now.

    Windows 10 x64 Pro two users.
    Is it possible to have two environments / desktops (maybe something like admin and guest?) on a laptop?

    which desktop showing up depending on the login credentials?
    meaning when I log in as admin the desktop shows slightly different things than logging as guest.

    Also, if I need to log in onto the laptop, will that then affect my desktop pc? (no login required there)

    Thanks
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       10 Jun 2018 #2

    tfwul said: View Post
    Likely a newbie question...
    I don't have a laptop so I can't check right now.

    Windows 10 x64 Pro two users.
    Is it possible to have two environments / desktops (maybe something like admin and guest?) on a laptop?

    which desktop showing up depending on the login credentials?
    meaning when I log in as admin the desktop shows slightly different things than logging as guest.

    Also, if I need to log in onto the laptop, will that then affect my desktop pc? (no login required there)

    Thanks
    With the exception of shared OS features, the system can be tailored for each user. I'm assuming when you say "admin" you mean an account with administrative privileges, not the user Administrator, which is normally hidden and restricted. Many apps when they are installed ask something like "This user or All". Individual Store Apps can be configured for each user. Layout, settings (most), and the like also.

    So, in general, yes. The Guest or other user account can be as restrictive or open as you make it while signed in as an admin. Signing into a laptop or other machine will only affect other machines if you have the MS accounts synced. Otherwise, they are individual and separate.
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  3.    10 Jun 2018 #3

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    With the exception of shared OS features, the system can be tailored for each user. I'm assuming when you say "admin" you mean an account with administrative privileges, not the user Administrator, which is normally hidden and restricted. Many apps when they are installed ask something like "This user or All". Individual Store Apps can be configured for each user. Layout, settings (most), and the like also.

    So, in general, yes. The Guest or other user account can be as restrictive or open as you make it while signed in as an admin. Signing into a laptop or other machine will only affect other machines if you have the MS accounts synced. Otherwise, they are individual and separate.
    The problem is that some apps are installed for all users, with desktop shortcuts visible to all users as in the common public desktop folder. These are easily moved to the user desktops, so only specific users can see them. This is only cosmetic though - user can still execute the "hidden apps" if they try hard enough.
    One problem is that you cannot do same (ie hide apps) with start menu.

    However the user with admin rights can restrict permissions to selected users to prevent them running certain apps. Bit messy though.
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  4.    10 Jun 2018 #4

    @f14tomcat
    Thank you. I meant Administrator and guest. So, let's say that I (as administrator) have MS Office 365, or other applications, on the laptop, whereas they are not visible when the guest logs in.

    So, the scenario is:
    PC : 1 user only (Outlook.com account), login screen is disabled (through netplwiz, UAC, untag Users must enter a username...etc)

    Laptop : Administrator (same as on PC) plus 1 additional guest account with a Gmail address

    later..
    just think of it: should the accounts on the laptop both be Outlook.com accounts?


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  5.    10 Jun 2018 #5

    @cereberus
    Thanks. Yes, I didn't think of that. In my case that is not much of a problem, guest may have some small games on desktop, whereas I (as administrator) don't have those, don't care about that. Also guest will have a different email within Office 365.


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       10 Jun 2018 #6

    tfwul said: View Post
    @f14tomcat
    Thank you. I meant Administrator and guest. So, let's say that I (as administrator) have MS Office 365, or other applications, on the laptop, whereas they are not visible when the guest logs in.

    So, the scenario is:
    PC : 1 user only (Outlook.com account), login screen is disabled (through netplwiz, UAC, untag Users must enter a username...etc)

    Laptop : Administrator (same as on PC) plus 1 additional guest account with a Gmail address

    later..
    just think of it: should the accounts on the laptop both be Outlook.com accounts?


    Mail and other personal apps can be different for all users. It's their "space", so to speak, and each can have their own. For ease of "Admin" management by you, having the same, Outlook or other, would simplify life. But not mandatory.
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