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Hi, I have read all of the questions looking for an answer to my question and did not find one so here goes.  Should be a simple one.  I need to know how to set up an windows xp pro or home computer to let limted users that are set up after the installation of windows xp, use software that is installed by a Admin, or a user with Admin privelages.  I have quite a few customers that are setting up there machines with users ( such as there kids) with limited user accounts.  The Admin installs a game or software and runs great for him, but when a user logs on, they can't find the installed software in there all programs list and even when I guide them to get it there, when they go to run it they get error messages.  One of them is something to the affect of, can't find source file.  I am sure there is a way to enable users to run software that Admins install.  But how???
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There could be several reasons why the application does not show up under all user accounts.

During installation, some applications prompt you to install on the current user account or on all user accounts. If the application is not selected to install on all user accounts, the application does not show up properly.

The application may be installed, but the shortcut to the application may simply be missing from the new user account. Use these steps to copy the shortcut for all users.

Log on to the user account that has administrator access.
Open Windows Explorer.

From the Windows XP default Start menu, point to All Programs, Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
From the Windows XP classic Start menu, point to Programs, Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.

In the My Documents window, click the plus sign (+) next to My Computer, Local Disk (C:), and Documents and Settings.
Click the plus sign (+) next to the name of the user account that the program is installed on.
Click the plus sign (+) next to Start Menu, and then select Programs.
Select the shortcut for the application that you want to add to another user account. Click Edit, and then click Copy.
Click the plus sign (+) next to the name of the user account that needs access to the application or the "All Users" account to give all users access to the application.
Click the plus sign (+) next to Start Menu, and then select Programs.
Select the directory that you want the shortcut to appear in. Click Edit, and then click Paste.
Repeat steps g through i for each additional user who needs access to the application.

The application may need to be installed on each user account one at a time.

For each user account that does not see the application, install the application.
If the user account cannot install the application, because it requires administrator rights, have a user with administrative rights run the application in this user account.

Select the setup installation file of the application. Click File, and then click Run as.
Have the user who has administrative rights type the user name and password, and then click OK.
Go through the installation of the application.
Note: Some applications require an administrator account in order to be used. If a non-administrator account is used, the application does not work even if it is installed properly.

For more information about applications not creating shortcuts for all user accounts, reference Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q301494.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301494


Secondly, if the applications does not run, use the RUN AS feature. Locate the application .EXe file right click it and run it under administrative privilege under the limited account itself.
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Sorry it has been a while, i have been very busy.  Anyway I will give that a try and let you know how it turns out ASAP.  Thanks,
John
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Thanks. Awaiting for your feedback.
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Increased points to 100 to add, How about printers?  how can I permit or deny certain users the access to my printer?  thanks,
John
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SetACL.exe: Set Windows NT/2000/XP permissions (DACLs) on virtually anything

http://www.helge.mynetcologne.de/setacl/
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Thanks for the link.  I downloaded the utility but having problems installing it.  When I run it, a command window (ms-dos) opens for a split second then closes with anything happening that I know of.  I emailed the Author for help.  Do you have it?  did you have this problem??
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Thanks for the help, I have not been able to use that downloaded program yet but do not want to waste time awarding the points.  You have taken your time to help me and I appreciate it.  thanks
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You can assign the same permissions to printers as well. Disable simple file sharing.
goto printers folder, right-click the printer and choose propertites, security tab. then configure the users there.
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