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Installing programs on only 1 user account


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#1 jmoore0602

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 03:53 PM

Hi. I'm considering making a second user account for work related things on my Windows 10 computer. I often have to use PDF files that will only work with Adobe, documents and spreadsheets that need to be made in MS Office, and other specific programs. I tend to not use these on a daily basis, because frankly, I prefer other programs (like SumatraPDF and LibreOffice). Installing the software I want to use and the software I need for work on the same profile clutters things up. So, my question is, if I create a second profile for work, can I install software that will only be available on that profile? And if so, can I keep software installed on my personal profile off of the work profile?

Thank you in advance for your time and help.



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#2 britechguy

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:09 PM

The answer to your question is "yes and no" as it is phrased.  Effectively, though, it is "Yes."

 

At the level of each user account you can choose your default apps for most commonly performed tasks (e.g., web browsing, playing media, etc.) and can even drill down and assign default apps by file type on an individual user basis.

 

Most of the time when you install things like MS-Office and Libre Office they will ask if you want to associate the file type or types they normally handle with them and most commonly that occurs across users (though sometimes not).  In the case of office suites the default extensions are different and there's not much if any overlap with what they will open by default.  You can, of course, set Libre Office Writer as the default program for docx extension files, but what its own default happens to be is for odt extension files.  Of course, Microsoft Word can also open odt files, too.

 

In the end you can achieve precisely what you're seeking to do, but it may involve going back to the respective accounts and tweaking the default programs based on what you installed, in what order, and whether the install could  be limited to the current user or is applied to all users.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:10 PM

You can customize your start menu for each user, that is quick and easy.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:14 PM

This TenForums tutorial may be helpful...

 

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2110-customize-default-user-profile-new-accounts-windows-10-a.html



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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:51 PM

Thanks for the help everyone. Seems like the only way to do it the way I want it is to dual boot with another Windows. But, the info you guys gave is worth a try. I'll see if it works the way I'd like for it to. Thanks again!






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