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Windows 7: How to install software for one user only

25 Nov 2012   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I'm a non expert but that makes since to me. Let see if I got it right. When a program is installed it effects one registry because Windows 7 only has one registry. The user permission has nothing to with that. User permission allows chosen people to do or not to do things using this program. For it to be any other way each person would have to have their own registry. Person A could load a program in registry A.
Person B could load a program in registry B. Because Windows 7 only has one registry persons A and B have to use one registry to load a program and permission can be given to do that. Now my 3 brain cells are working way to hard.
cromefx let me know if I'm crazy.

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26 Nov 2012   #12

Ubuntu Linux

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cromefx View Post
This is an old tread but as I had a similar question and could not find the answer and the tread gave me some clues to sort out the issue, (that this can not be solved by windows itself):
Thank you Cromefx. I will take a look at Sandboxie. I cannot believe that there is no way to install an executable in Windows that does not require Admin access. In fact, even changing the Start menu and desktop shortcuts requires Admin access, and changes them for every user! What is the point of having individual user accounts, then? So that each user can have his own desktop wallpaper?
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26 Nov 2012   #13

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

If the developer makes the application require administrative power that is a problem with the developer not Windows. As for the Start menu and desktop, it would not require administrative power if you use the user specific start menu and desktop.

Specific user start menu: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Global start menu: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Specific user desktop: C:\Users\[username]\Desktop
Global desktop: C:\Users\Public\Desktop

Blaming Windows for your own lack of understanding of the system, is not Windows fault.

If you are having trouble installing software on a standard user account, turn off UAC then try again.
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