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Need to reinstall program for other accounts ?

by christy / July 2, 2004 6:09 PM PDT

My OS is WinXP Pro SP1, installed with MS Office XP.
At the Account with Admin privileges under which MS Office XP is installed, the programs(Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) launch normally. MS Office can be accessed by the other accounts, one with admin privileges and the other one a limited account. However, when the program icon, e.g. Word is clicked, Setup begins to run to install Word, and there is an error indicating that "...what is being accessed is on a CD..." (or words to that effect)and I am asked to insert the Office CD. However, after closing/cancelling the boxes, the program launches, and I am able to use it normally. My question is, why is this happening - do I have to install MS Office for each Account created ? Thanks.

christy

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Re: Need to reinstall program for other accounts ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2004 9:33 PM PDT

"My question is, why is this happening "

Nothing new here, just so you know. This issue began almost 10 years ago with Windows NT. Microsoft has their install on demand feature designed this way.

"- do I have to install MS Office for each Account created ? "

Yes. Also, this is why many IT administrators would put the Office or other CD contents on a central install point so installs can occur without having to fetch the CD.

In closing, nothing's broken.

Bob

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Re: Need to reinstall program for other accounts ?
by christy / July 2, 2004 10:06 PM PDT

Thanks, Bob. So, now I know, but not very clear about it. Why was I able to run the program(at the other accounts) without installing it if by design Microsoft require that I install it ?

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Re: Need to reinstall program for other accounts ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2004 10:25 PM PDT

Without having access to the machine, I can't dissect what permissions and more would have some accounts work and others not. This area upsets new to Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003's ways of dealing with multiple users and has them asking "why?"

Your question is an old one, but my response isn't polished. Which is "That's the way it is."

To add further work to the administration tasks, Microsoft and others released software that caused a lot of work for some. Read http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=273815 for a good example where MS admits it didn't pass the testing, but published anyway.

Bob

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Re: Need to reinstall program for other accounts ?
by christy / July 2, 2004 10:46 PM PDT

Well, it is not giving me any problems, and nice to know that I am not alone.

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