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Windows 7: User Accounts

11 Jun 2010   #11
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Me too. Here is what I would like to do. Set up the new user account to look just like the admin set up. All the same shorcuts, performance settings etc. When I boot up, automatically log in to this account. Not give me a choice of accounts. Maybe even hide the Admin account. Is this possible?


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12 Jun 2010   #12
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

I have just created a new standard account. All programs that added a shortcut to the desktop upon installation have their shortcut in the new account. If you have created other shortcuts manually you will have to re-create them or copy them over.

I don't know if Tip: Auto-Login Your Windows 7 User Account | Sarah In Tampa | Channel 10 will work with more than one account set-up. I'll be trying it later myself.

You can change the performance settings manually or maybe Copy files & settings with Windows Easy Transfer | The Windows Club will work. Maybe that will also work for the shortcuts.
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12 Jun 2010   #13
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Lots of things to look into. Thanks for all of the tips,
John
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12 Jun 2010   #14
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsmoline View Post
Me too. Here is what I would like to do. Set up the new user account to look just like the admin set up. All the same shorcuts, performance settings etc. When I boot up, automatically log in to this account. Not give me a choice of accounts. Maybe even hide the Admin account. Is this possible?
How would you get to your admin account when you need it if it were hidden?
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12 Jun 2010   #15
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I don't know. I thought maybe there was a way to hide it from everyone but me. I guess, as long as it's password protected, it would be alright. Come to think of it, I have used the Administrator account in everything from W 95 on up and never had a problem. The occasional virus tried to get in but was always caught. I hope MSE is as good as I've heard.
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12 Jun 2010   #16
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I would password the admin account and leave the user account without a password. You will get used to the two accounts showing up. It is just one extra screen and one extra click.
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12 Jun 2010   #17
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

To be honest, I run with my admin account most of the time. I do have a user account and my wife has a user account. All of our accounts are password protected because we have visitors from time to time. For them, activate the Guest account.

That said, you have a lot more system protection if you do your routine browsing, game playing, and emailing from a user account. In other words, "do as I say, not as I do".
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12 Jun 2010   #18
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I understand and agree. Thanks,
John
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12 Jun 2010   #19
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

You mentioned Google Chrome, Firefox and bookmarks. If you want to duplicate the bookmarks in the new account:

Import or export bookmarks : Manage your bookmarks - Google Chrome Help
Moving your Firefox bookmarks and settings
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12 Jun 2010   #20
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Ok to set up your shortcuts for your new user ....

To work with these folders set your windows explorer to show hidden and system files in the Organise - floder & search options.

items in the following location are available to all users ....

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Items at this location are only available to the User Username

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Simply copy and paste the items to the folders required

I would actually suggest that you create an account for your wife as well as the one for yourself as personal settings for items such as Internet explorer Etc.are stored for each user sowould allow both of you to have your own settings.

There is an option in all major browsers to export favourites which can then be imported into another user's copy

you need not set a password on the standard accounts but I would set one on the administrator account as if you start an action that needs administrator authority windows will prompt you to enter this password which I find a useful check to think to yourself "is this what I want to do"

Hope this helps
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