My name is Dustin, I am running XP Pro. I use one computer to handle my personal and
business life, and i am the only person using the machine. After I installed XP on my
machine I soon relized the benifits of creating multiple user accounts so to have a desktop
work envirment to handle multiple facites of my life. I created a user account called
PERSONAL, here my financial and personal documents are stored so not to get mixed up
with my work stuff. My BUSINESS account is were, you guesed it, I have my biz applications
and docs. My SYSTEM account were I install software and run computer maintnance and
performance utilities, my ENTERTAINMENT account for my music and movies, and finally a
DESIGN account for my web design and photography projects. With the benifits come
The problem is every time I log into an account I have applications that automatically run.
Applications load and run in my systray like McAfee Virus scan and Firewall, Printer and
Graphics Card resourses along with others depending which account I log onto. I need for
these applications to not bog down my system resourses. It would me nice if they only had
to run once, instaed of multiple times im my PROCCESSES. When I have all my accounts
open there are five of the same applications running. My Virus scan has to download
updates to each account seperatly. My Firewall asks me to verify subscription all the time, I
guess it thinks I have it installed on multiple computers illegally. Is there away to correct
this whole big problem?
Another problem I am having is with having to configure windows settings and application
settings independantly. I would like the same desktop, same power off options same sound
scheme same pretty much everything. If I confure Photoshop to be the way I want, I only
want to do it once! I dont want to have to log onto each account and open photoshop to
configure all the settings manually, again. I want to be able to view, write and send email
through MS Outlook no matter which account im logged into. I want to be able to sync my
pocket pc in any account. When I change a programs settings I want the change to be
system wide, and be able to make these changes anywhere. Anotherwords I dont whant to
have to log onto a special account to make changes. I would like it if all my start menues, all
my favorites and links menues were all the same. Whan I use WMPlayer i would like to
share the same play lists and star ratings. WOW. Am I Crazy? Is all this to much to ask. I
am going crazy trying to manage all these settinings.
Using the Windows Explorer I find Documents and Settings. I see all my accounts here plus
administrator, All Users, Defualt User and User. Defualt user and user i dont understand.
Ive read that you can save a profile to defualt user so that when you create a new account, it
uses those predifined settings. What is User for? I think that Application Data Folder is
where the each unique accounts, system and application settings are stored. Is there a way
to create an account that uses all the same settings? Is that what User is for? Can I use
folder sync software to sync all my settings? Can I use a group Policy? Is there a site to
learn more about group policys in laymans terms. Does anybody know of any books or
websites that I should look at? Is there any software that could patch this problem? Does
anybody else have this problem? Can anyone help? e help?