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Can someone tell me how to ensure that all the apps I install on my Win2000Pro computer are available to all users. The behaviour seems to be somewhat inconsistent, some apps are available to all and some aren't.
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Hmmm, I suspect that this will be down to the original packaging. I have noticed that this packages largely aimed at home users, so stuff for Win 95/98, isnt very smart and ends up being for "1 user". The crude way to do this though will be to install the package and manually move the shortcuts to the 'All Users' (& possibly Default User) start menu in Documents & Settings. You might have to check up that the package works properly in this mode as it may not work with 'seperate profiles'.

hope this helps

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Logon to the pc as the local administrator.  This places the installation into the all_user profile.  Even if the user is setup as an administrator it still does not give them the same installation access as the administrator account.

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jdfulton - I had thought that would work, the reason I was unsure, was that the Admin tools appear for Administrator but not the other users.

I was trying to make sure that ALL programs are available. Is there something I can do to make sure things like Technet, Win 2000 Resource Kit, Etc go into All Users?
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gnentley here is the problem... Many programs install registry entries for a specific user. programs like "add remove programs" on a terminal server in application server mode are smart enough to offer to install almost any application into the "all users" sections of the registry.
-When you install a program as a specific user default registry permissions deny access to other users for most apps. You can get around this by making all users of the computer part of the administrators group of the PC.
-You could also use regedt32 & try to change the permissions on the registry keys you'd like the users to have access to (way too much work, & complicated because its tought to know where all the reg settings are stored).

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Thanks for that. I found that even though my usual username is set up as a member of Administrators, I still had to manually copy the shortcuts for Admin Tools to the All Users Folder before I could access them as myself.

It isn't a permissions issue, it is simply getting the shortcuts to install under All Users not the specific user.

I know I can fix this manually, but my question was asked in the forlorn hope that MS had put an option somewhere to force all installs to place their shortcuts under a particular user (All Users). Not an unreasonable idea for a system like 2000 Professional which is often used as a single user workstation OS.

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-I hears ya.. Like I said only terminal server in app mode handles that.

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Thanks housenet.

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Gbentley,

Admin tools are only available for the administrator unless you copy them.  This is done for security purposes.  I don't know if you tried installing the software under the administrator but this is what Microsoft recommends when installing any software for All users as the Packaging does have an effect on where it is installed.  Some propmt you to install for all users and some dont but most do it automatically.   Just remember install under the admin login you will save your self headaches in the future.

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