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2. Software Annoyances > CONFIGURING THE DESKTOP

CONFIGURING THE DESKTOP

OTHER USERS CAN’T FIND SOFTWARE

The Annoyance:

I installed a software program on our Windows XP computer, but the other users on the computer can’t find it. I see it on the Programs menu when I log on, but other users can’t see it when they log on.

The Fix:

The software installed its menu item only into your user profile. Some software automatically installs itself for all users (a computer-wide installation), and some installs for the current user. What’s annoying is that not all software offers the choice between computer installation or user installation during setup. More irritating is the fact that software that doesn’t ask you to choose doesn’t announce its installation plans. Once the software is installed, you can make it available to all users or some users.


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