Keep in mind in the directions that follow we are dealing with
shortcut/files/folders that you want to see on other users accounts that
will give those users shortcuts to open the programs you wish them to be
able to use. After that you will be able to delete the stuff from your admin
desk top that you don't want to see. This will also have to be done from
the admin account you have been using all this time.
I do believe the easiest way for you to get things arranged will be to logon
to your admin account, open Computer, your now in a windows explorer window.
You will see a folder pane on the left side. If all you are seeing in pane
is your Favorite Links, then at the bottom of the pane you will see the word
Folders with a up tick. Click on Folders to expand if it is not already
expanded. Once it is expanded you will see a the folders and drives and
such. Not knowing your setup, I will have to assume that everything you
need to get to is on your C drive, which you should see in the folder pane.
When you hover you mouse over the C folder Click on the little > arrow next
and that will expand where you can see more icons of more folders. As
you look down the list you will find a folder "Users" click the Users
folder. Now this will expand showing a separate folder for each user
account that YOU have setup on your computer. Now all you have to do is
expand each user by hover click the little > arrow to expand them so you can
see all the personal folders for each user. You should see the 11
blue/green folders for each user. By hovering you mouse over any of these
folders you will see the little > arrow if in fact any subfolders have been
created in any of these folders. This way you will be able to drag drop,
keeping in mind if weather you want to copy or move, since your dealing with
multiple accounts don't move until its the last account that you can then
move things to. Now that each user account is showing in the folder pane.
Notice we only expanded those folders we did not open them.
At this point you look up in the folder pane and find the Desktop folder for
your admin account and double click to open and now in the main window of
Windows Explore you will see everything you have on your admin account
Desktop all the shortcuts and any subfolders you have created. You can all
so still see in the folder pane each Desktop folder for each User. You have
already opened your admin desktop so you see everything on it in the main
window. You can use any View that works best for you, I use the Detail
View. Now by selecting the items you want to move to a Standard user
account (name) drag and drop to the desktop of that user. You can select
using Ctrl+click to drag and drop multiple shortcuts so you don't have to do
them one at a time. You will complete this operation for each user one at a
time. That why you don't want to move those shortcuts you want to have them
copied to each user desktop folder at least until your working with the last
user account and you want it to also disappear off your desktop. You can do
this for each folder in your admin account that has files you want them to
have in their folders. As e.g. you may have in your admin account Favorites
folder shortcuts that a user will need or want in their Favorites, Contacts,
Pictures, Music etc. etc.
Once you have gotten all the files and folders moved or copied to each user
account, in your admin account there still may be shortcuts on your start
menu to programs that you need to get to the other user accounts so they can
open a program that did not have a shortcut on the desktop that you copied
before. In that case in your admin account open your start menu and create
a shortcut on your desktop for each one you want to include in another user
account, then go back into Computer, windows explorer and drag and drop as
you did before for the programs you wish that user to have and be able to
use. When you get everything copied or moved, I say move here because once
you are dealing with the last account during your drag and drop operation
you can do a move for those you want off your admin desktop or other files
from some of your other folders. Also when I say shortcuts to programs I am
only talking about programs you have installed NOT the ones that ship with
Because and since you have installed all the programs using your admin
account when you created a standard user account the shortcuts to those
programs could already be included on the other users desktop and or start
menu all program. Other may not have, because during the installing of
some/many programs you choose to install for all users if that program
offers that option. Many older programs do not offer that option. You will
need to login to each user account to get those programs shortcuts you
copied from before to their start menu if that's want you want or leave them
as short cuts on the desk top. Or you could sit down with each user and
teach them how to do this. The main thing here is to delete the shortcuts to
programs you don't want them to open and use.
Any programs that you installed on your account and that open and run with
out having to answer any UAC prompt should work the same for each user as
well. If you do have programs on your admin account that in order to open
and run/use you are having to answer any UCA prompt then so will the other
users. If that happens I don't think you want standard users having your
admin password so they can run them. There are ways to to keep that from
occuring but that's a subject for a different post should you not be able to
find the info required to keep the user from have to answer a UAC prompt
when trying to use a piece of software you installed. While your in those
user accounts give them a spin around the block to see if everything is
working and that everything is was included and where you wanted it to be.
Notice you don't have to deal with the paths because its not necessary for
doing what you are wanting to do. Once you are satisfied you got everything
moved around go back to your admin account and clean up / delete the
shortcuts/ files / folders that you don't want in your admin account being
sure you got those things that other will want in their user account be fore
you delete any files or folders, shortcuts can be replaced. I will stop and
say here again you should setup another admin account (read my previous
threads) then change the old admin account you have been using all this time
to the Type Standard User use it for your day to day computing activities
and only use the admin account when necessary. I have not said anything
about the Public folder that each user account has access to simply because
I think you don't at this time need to use it. As you, or any user creates
files or folders that they wish to make Public each should do that from
their on accounts. When the public folder is used it is a copy of what's
already on your hard drive, IMO that if there is a file or folder an other
user needs access to, move or copy that file/folder to the user account in
question. It make it a little easier to get to. I am not saying not to use
the public folder but before you do, bone up on using the Public folder by
opening your start menu, open Help and Support and in the search bar at the
top type in "Sharing files with the Public folder ".
If nothing else setting up an account for each person that is allowed to use
your computer will keep everything for each user a little easier to find and
use with out having to wade through 4 our peoples stuff to find it.
RHamper" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Thanks for all the assistance so far. I appreciate the effort.
> I really only need two or three accounts. The boys are 7 & 5 and aren't
> nearly savvy enough to do any damage or do things they aren't supposed
> to. I want an account for them to clear my desktop and, more
> importantly, protect them from unsavory games and Internet sites.
> My wife has little interest in the computer outside of e-mail and a few
> websites. For now, the Admin account I use is good enough for her. But,
> I can see the wisdom of giving her (or us) a different account to
> prevent any accidents. So, thanks H. Brown for that.
> My problem is not creating the accounts. I've done that. The problem is
> tracing all the permissions and where everything goes. It's already
> evident that there are folders I'm not seeing:
> "I don't have : C:\Users\Public\Desktop"
> "Just checked the Properties for one of the shortcuts common to both
> accounts and the path is C:\Users\Public\Desktop."
> Why can't I see this path under Computer?
> I'm just not used to working with profiles and accounts. I've never
> really need to do it. I've done it at work (XP system) to straighten out
> some problems but Vista seems to do it a little bit differently. Why
> can't I see the C:\Users\Public\Desktop when I am the Admin??
> For that matter, when I download a file from my e-mail account, why
> can't I download it to any folder I want. Instead I have to download to
> one of the User subfolders (usually \Downloads) and then cut and paste
> to the folder I need it in. Very annoying. But that's a digression.
> Is there anyway to post a screenshot here so I can show you what I have
> and you could point out where things should be?
> And here's a question. Roaming. Isn't that a copy of my own Desktop and
> preferences so that I can log on to any computer on the Network (that
> I've been given permission for ) and be able to work with my own files?