1. Click Start. You will see a picture and the name of your user account at
the top right side of the start menu. Click the picture and this will open
the User Accounts component. You will see all of the options there such as,
Change your password, Remove your password, etc. If there is not a password
already on the account, you will see a Create a password option. If your
account is an administrator, you can click Manage another account and change
the settings for other accounts on the computer.
2. There is a concept called All Users and Users that you need to
understand. Just like the names imply, All Users apply to everyone on the
system who has a user account and Users applies to individual users.
If a program is compatible with Vista, when the program is installed, it
will give you the choice to install for all users on the system or just
install for the current user only. Some programs do not give this choice and
simply install for all users, automatically or they may just install for the
current user automatically. You need to research each programs documentation
to discover how it installs.
The Desktop folder for each, individual user is in the following location:
The Desktop Folder for All Users is in the following location:
The Start Menu folder for each individual user is in the following location:
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Window s\Start Menu
The Start Menu folder for All Users is in the following location:
If you want a programs icon to appear on everyone's Desktop, then place the
icon in the All Users\Desktop folder.
If you want a programs icon to appear on an individual users desktop, place
it in that users Desktop folder.
3. All programs that are installed on the computer, should appear in the
Control Panel. Open the Control Panel and under Programs, click the
Uninstall a Program option. Find the program you want to uninstall and
select it. Click the Uninstall Button at the top of the window.
4. See #2 on how to place a programs icon on an individual users desktop or
start menu. The user may need to right click the icon and select the Run As
5. Check out the new Vista Help and Support. It is much more extensive than
previous versions and should answer most questions that you may have. Here
are some other links that may be helpful.
Windows Vista Help and How To:
Download: Complete Windows Vista Product Guide
Post back if you have anymore questions.
"winquisitive" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I got a new computer with Vista pre-installed. I have a few
> administration-related questons.
> 1. I have an admin account with a password. Can a user set up a password?
> 2. I wish to install programs in the computer that only some users need. I
> dont want to clutter the desktop of other users with the icons of these
> programs. Ideally, I would like to install the program as the
> and have users pull up an icon in their desktop if they are interested in
> program. How do I do this?
> 3. My new computer came with a whole bunch of stuff that we (the users)
> don't care for -- AOL signup, Ebay icon, GetVonage, etc. to name a few. Is
> there any way that an administrator can get rid of these icons from one
> place? Where are all these icons stored anyway?
> 4. If, as a non-administrator user, I provide administrator password and
> install a program, will that be visible/accessible to other users? Or,
> they need to install the program again while logged in as themselves?
> 5. Is there a manual that explains these things? Ill be glad to read it
> (hope it comes with the product, and I dont have to shell out additional
> for it).
> Thanks in advance.