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Old 06-23-2016, 09:23 PM
 
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My wife and I recently bought a desktop (our first shared computer). Now, in old versions of Windows when I used multiple user accounts installed programs and files didn't show up on other accounts. But on 10, everything I install on my account shows up on her desktop and vice versa.

I'm a little confused because nothing online seems to answer this question and Windows' own explanation for accounts makes it seem like you can have totally separate accounts.

At this point, the only perk to having a separate account is to have a separate wallpaper and be able to sync your email and Windows Apps (which I don't really use).

Any advice? I figured some programs ask where you want to install, and if I installed into my user file only it might limit it to my account. But what about programs that don't ask?

Kind of another annoying "perk" of Windows 10, if you ask me.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:55 AM
 
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These instructions supposedly show how to create another account which cannot access your personal files. Is this how you set them up?

How to create multiple Windows 10 user accounts on a single PC

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Old 06-24-2016, 08:59 AM
 
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In addition to nezlie's question ...

Are you seeing the same user folders (Documents / Pictures / etc)? If not then you are using different accounts. If so then you aren't.


When you install these programs, do they ask about being installed for "all users" vs. the "current user".

Most programs should ask, and if prompted for all users they'll install for each user, and add shortcuts to the desktop. Some programs may no prompt, and will just install for "all users".
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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I've never had a program ask me which user to install in, unfortunately. When I try changing the directory to only go in my user folder it still shows up on her desktop, but with a generic icon.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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I've never had a program ask me which user to install in, unfortunately. When I try changing the directory to only go in my user folder it still shows up on her desktop, but with a generic icon.
As a general rule programs can't install for other users so they won't ask which user to install for. What they can do is install for "all users", so that's possibly what's happening.

What's most likely is that the shortcut is being created in the "all users desktop", and not on either of your personal desktops.

The "all users desktop" folder is located at "c:\Users\Public\Desktop" in Windows 10. If the shortcuts are being created there you can just delete them, and create new shortcuts on your own desktops.
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