Disablng Programs?Help!

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Oct 26, 2010

Disablng Programs?Help! by FireGrey at 9:53 AM (571 Views / 0 Likes) 5 replies

  1. FireGrey
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    Member FireGrey Undercover Admin

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    2 Accounts [ACCOUNT 1] [ACCOUNT 2] Both admin

    I want programs on [Account 1] But not [Account 2]
    How do i do this?
     
  2. Jiggah

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    The accounts will always share the program files folder. That just the way it works. The most you can do is when installing a program is when it asks if you want to allow other users to use it and disable the functionality from there.
     
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    So i'm basically stuck with them on both account unless i uninstall them which removes them on both accounts?
     
  4. FAST6191

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    As Jiggah says it sits in program files when you install it so it will always be active from there.
    On the other hand "install for all users" usually just means the applications data is stored somewhere (application data or local settings\application data usually) in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users (adjust for your install drive and OS accordingly) rather than the regular user directory and likewise for the desktop/start menu entries.
    It is not terribly advisable as it might have hardcoded directories in there somewhere but you can try moving it from all users to one user and deleting startup entries accordingly.

    This is not always done though and some programs will want to write things to their install directory or odd parts of the registry rather than documents and settings (such things were one of the reasons UAC in vista and 7 was very annoying at first and one of the reasons some programs will only work on admin accounts). Depending on the person you are speaking to this is bad coding practice (which is usually combined with other bad coding) but that is a different debate for another time.

    You can also prevent programs from running by various means although if the other user is to remain an admin then it can get tricky to truly lock them out.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457006.aspx

    Failing that you can always do something like make a http://www.truecrypt.org/ drive/folder/section and install to that or the easier option of http://portableapps.com/ or maybe a virtual machine.

    Most protections are aimed at keeping people from reading the documents of other users rather than programs though.
     
  5. raulpica

    Supervisor raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Maybe you could try Sandboxie, to sandbox the app you want, but I don't actually know where it saves its apps, and in what form of useability it saves them.

    It's worth a try, I guess.

    The best bet would be a Virtual Machine stored in your account.
     
  6. Rydian

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    The only viable option for keeping another admin out of your stuff is with encryption like trucrypt.
     

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