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Icons on multiple desktops?

by wpcouture / April 11, 2005 10:05 AM PDT

I'm running Win XP Home and have two users. Most of the icons show up on both users desktops. Deleting an Icon on one deletes it on the other. Installing some software installs it on both.

Previously, running Win 2000 Pro on another PC I was able to have totally individualized desktops for each user. As I recall I set this during the initial installation.

How can I change my settings to allow each of us our own individual desktops. I've looked through the help stuff but just can't find anything on it.


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What Icon?
by Melati Hitam / April 11, 2005 3:15 PM PDT

Usually if you delete an Icon that belong to 'all users' then obviously it will be gone on all user desktop.

By installing a program.. it will be available for all users..

What visible in your desktop is only cosmetic... you add or delete .. (if it is belong to all users, you may want to 'Hide' it.. by going to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu (or programs)

OR look to any user folder start menu..

you will see the different..

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Deleting Icons
by eric1514 / April 11, 2005 10:27 PM PDT

hi there,

What I've done, however clunky, is install the software. Then I delete the desktop icon. That should remove it from every user's desktop.

Then I manually put an icon on the desktop of each user that wants one. Go to the start menu, locate the the program entry, right click it and select "send to...desktop." This will place a shortcut icon on the desktop of the user you are logged in as, only.

Hope this helps,

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