Installing programs on Win XP for one uer only.

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How can I install programs on a Win XP PC on one user's Account without having them installed on the rest of the Accounts?
 
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You can select who can use the program when you are installing it if it shows this option.

If you are the Administrator then you can decide what people do and do not use. If you are not the Administrator then only he/she has the privelege and the right to see everything. If you can get into the other people's accounts, you can remove any trace of it from their account once installed.
 

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Dear TechDaniel...
Thank you very much, this really solved the problem. The best think is that the answer was fast, short and to the point. I don't know what to say, but much thanks.
 
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Quite a few programs now have the option (on the installer) of "Install for:" and either "%UserName% (me)" or "Everyone". I think the first option installs in your %UserProfile%\AppData\ and Everyone is in %SystemDrive%\Program Files\
 

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Dear Callum_Dawson...
Thank you for the speedy extra information. Where can I go-if necessary to make changes- to ":%UserProfile%\AppData\ or %SystemDrive%\ProgramFiles\"?
Thank You again!!
 
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This would be messing around with your installed programs list, but copy and paste all of the program data from "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\(Install Directory)" to Somewhere within %UserProfile% (just open (My) Computer and type that in the address bar). Then uninstall the program, so it's gone from all users. That's a very dodgy way, if the installer has no option of it.
 
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The only difference for most programs between installing for one user and installing for everyone is which Start Menu/Desktop folder the shortcuts go, the All Users profile, or the profile for the user doing the install.

All Users is here:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop

The individual users each have a Start Menu here:
C:\Documents and Settings\<Userprofile Folder>\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Documents and Settings\<Userprofile Folder>\Desktop
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Program settings will be stored in these locations on the hard disk:
All Users for global settings:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data
The User Profile for items that are user specific:
C:\Documents and Settings\<Userprofile Folder>\Application Data
C:\Documents and Settings\<Userprofile Folder>\Local Settings\Application Data

And these locations in the Registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE for global settings
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE for user specific settings

Most programs still use the All Users Application data folder and the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE registry key even when installed for a single user.

All users will be able to see the program in the C:\Program Files folder and may be able to run it by creating their own shortcuts. Some programs will easily create the User Specific registry entries once they've been installed. You can block access using Permissions, or Policies, but if you aren't careful, you can end up blocking all accounts from running the program.

The only way to hide an application from users is to install it into your profile (or into another folder that other users can not read) and make sure other users can't read any files in your profile. Even then, if the program uses the C:\Program Files\Common Files folder, that folder will be visible.
 

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In most cases, these installs only place the links in the users start menu.
If that is the case, another user can always browse to the EXE file of said program and run it from there and/or even add a link to their menu or desktop.
 
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