Settings for different users

I have two users for the computer.  How do I know when I change things what will be changed on the other user.  When I download things they show up for them.  But then some things I change don't change on the other users.  Basically what I wanted was to be able to set our own favorites on the internet, but it looks like we share those also.  Do I not have something checked right?  When I remove an icon from my desktop it removes it from the other persons also. I put icq on here and I have sound, but the other user has no sound.  Any ideas? Whoever replies please do so in detail.  I know where you change these settings I think, but it's not clear to me what the changes will do.  
charolaisAsked:
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pcvetoCommented:
To setup multi-user logons go to the "Control Panel" and select the "Users" icon to initiate the Multi-User Wizard. Next you will be prompted to enter User Names and Passwords. Once this is done you will reach the options screen for "Personalized Item Settings".
Here you will be able to customize different options, such as Desktop, Start Menu, Favorites Folder, Download Web Pages and My Documents Folder between the users that where created.

Hope this helps you with your problem.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Charolais,

I think the confusion here is the difference between multiple users (what you are woking on) and user profiles. Let's look at your post in order to better understand what is happening..  

<<How do I know when I change things what will be changed on the other user.>>

In your case, this would entail 3 users, a default, which effects everyone, and then 2 users, yourself and the other person.

<<When I download things they show up for them.  But then some things I change don't change on the other users.>>

This is because all profiles have access to Windows Explorer and all files. However, changes you make, depending upon where made, effect that particular users profile.

<<Basically what I wanted was to be able to set our own favorites on the internet, but it looks like we share those also.>>

This is normal. In order to change this, you would implement independent user profiles, and each profile would have it's own favorites. Another way would be to create two basic favorites folders. As an example, lets presume Jane and Jim shared a PC. One favorites folder would be listed as Jim and the other as Jane.

<<Do I not have something checked right?>>

Actually, given that profiles have not been set up, this is normal.

<<When I remove an icon from my desktop it removes it from the other persons also.>>

And this is normal as well.

<<I put icq on here and I have sound, but the other user has no sound.  Any ideas?>>

There are different factors at play here. If ICQ is in the startup folder, it should react the same way for both users. In essence, in order to have ICQ react independently, you would need to logon using "jims" profile and then load ICQ. Log back off and then log into Janes profile and load ICQ again. This will then create two ICQ lists on the system, but under different profiles.

Much of doing this correctly depends on your needs, as it can be quite a handful to manage. As an example, if you load a program both of you wish to use, you would need to load it twice, once under each profile. This will retail separate settings for both of you. Right now, for the most part, you two are sharing most settings.
Dennis

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charolaisAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dennis!  When I set this up it asks to create separate folders and I didn't do that maybe that's what I need to do.  
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dew_associatesCommented:
Are you referring to windows itself or another program?
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charolaisAuthor Commented:
Dennis,
I found what is confusing me so.  Under control panel and then users I have two users.  When you select a user and click change settings this menu confuses me on what I should choose.  It lists items to customize desktop, start menu, favorites folder, downloaded web pages, and my documents.  Underneath that is create copies of current items and their contents(this is the only box that is marked for both users by the way) and create new items to save disk space.  Already as it is we both have our own desktops (meaning different schemes if you will)  and I notice that the other users documents are not available to me on my desktop.  How can that be when we haven't checked any of these boxes?  The only one filled in is create copies of current items and their contents.  All I'm really wanting is their internet favorites to be on theirs and mine to be on mine.  However I do all of the downloading/updating and do not want to change something so when I get some software or update something that it won't apply to them.  Or does that even happen?  I'm curious why some options I change change for them and others do not.  For example on accounting software we share a package.  I changed some options on mine and when logged in as other user and it did not change however any transactions do change to them.  Which that is the way I want.  Do I make any sense?  lol  I think I asked you about icq.  I downloaded icq right.  Well under my user it loads automatically and I have sound.  Under theirs no sound and they have to manually load it.  So I checked out their sound and none of the sound files were set at all.  Does each user have a separate MSCONFIG also?  Well thanks for all your help Dennis!  I'm greatful!!
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dew_associatesCommented:
<<Already as it is we both have our own desktops (meaning different schemes if you will)  and I notice that the other users documents are not available to me on my desktop.  How can that be when we haven't checked any of these boxes?>>

If you began using the PC with one profile for all users, and then went to a multi-user profile, only some settings will migrate. Settings that were present when you changed to multi will apply to both, but changes afterwards "should" apply to only that user. Understand though that this has its quirks, in that if you have the original profile, you effect two parts of the registry, that apply to all users as well as that applying to your profile.

It's difficult at the moment to sort these out as some are global machine changes, while some only apply to the specific user. Had you set this machine up originally as multi-user, you would have had a default user for global changes, as well as two individual users for changes specific to each.
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