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Windows 7: Standard User Account Desktop


05 Mar 2010   #1

WIN 7 x64
 
 
Standard User Account Desktop

I just created a standard user account and when I log on its blank like I just installed windows. How do I give a standard account the same desktop and start menu settings as my admin account? I asked this on a Microsoft forum that didn't help. Thanks,

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05 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi Cyber Kong,

Can you please post a screenshot of what you're describing, according to these instructions? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

That will help a lot, thanks.

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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05 Mar 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You can start by right clicking, on what is now the destop, and personalize. It would be done in the same way that you made your current desktop. If the questioned desktop is actually, blank (just gray etc), the account is corrupted, make a new one and delete the problem one. Another way is to use windows easy transfer and everything will transfer to the new user account.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-easy-transfer
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05 Mar 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, for the desktop you can right click on the desktop > Personalize > and either pick one of the standard desktops or go to Desktop Background on the bottom left and pick your own picture or picture folder. You can also right click on any picture in your picture file and go to "Set as desktop background".
For the Start menu, you go into All Programs and right click on the programs you want to appear in the left pane. Then you click "Pin to start menu". In case the program is represented by a folder, you first have to left click on that folder and then you right click on the program itself (the .exe - not e.g. Read me or Help).
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05 Mar 2010   #5

WIN 7 x64
 
 

Blank wasn't the right word. My admin desktop looks like this:
Standard User Account Desktop-desktop2.png

My standard user desktop looks like:
Standard User Account Desktop-desktop1.png

I would like to copy my admin desktop to the standard user account.


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05 Mar 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Follow my instructions. That is the normal desktop for a new account. You can have any desktop that you desire.

BTW I really like that desktop. Mine is just a vacation picture from Maine.
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05 Mar 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just a matter of settings - see above. Even Monument Valley.
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06 Mar 2010   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I hope that no one will mind, but I have a related question that sort of fits the discussion. While reading this, a thought popped into my head about using the avatar I use on forums as my account picture, so that it appears on the log in screen and the top of the Start Menu. I'm sure that I will need to convert it from a gif...probably to a bmp, but what would I do with it then?
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06 Mar 2010   #9

W7, Xp Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I hope that no one will mind, but I have a related question that sort of fits the discussion. While reading this, a thought popped into my head about using the avatar I use on forums as my account picture, so that it appears on the log in screen and the top of the Start Menu. I'm sure that I will need to convert it from a gif...probably to a bmp, but what would I do with it then?
Hi, left click your pic on start menu, click change picture and browse.

Not sure on format though. ?
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06 Mar 2010   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Yup, thanks. The browse window said that it would use jpg, png, gif & bmp, but it didn't work for the gif for some reason. I just used the jpg that I already had, and it worked okay on the Start Menu. I can only assume that the same will be true on the login screen, until I reboot later.
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