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Windows XP forum: Programs won't work in Limited User Accounts

by: MikeKlaiber March 20, 2004 7:01 AM PST

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Programs won't work in Limited User Accounts

by MikeKlaiber - 3/20/04 7:01 AM

I have fairly recently upgraded to WinXP Pro. I am logged on as the system administrator. Three other family members have limited user accounts.

Things work fine for me but a lot of programs dont work properly on the other accounts. This includes Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, which I assume is WinXP program. I have read the article at and the linked Knowledge Base articles 307091 & 308418.

I have copied shortcuts from Desktop & the Programs folder to All Users but this has not really worked. In fact it made things worse on my account as it seemed to double install some start up programs. I have now restored back.

While in the limited accounts, I cannot install or re-install programs, as this is prevented by the account settings.

I have read the guidelines to run with different credentials, but cant follow that through as I havent set a password on my administrative account (nor do I really want to).

There is nothing on my administrative account that needs to keep secret and all I want is for everyone to have full access to the system programs. I didnt think XP was supposed to be this difficult. I am frankly confused by what to do.

Ive looked at the article HOW TO: Set, ViewFolder Permissions but dont really know if that will achieve what I want.

One other thing. I dont know if it is connected, or not. In User Accounts there is an account entitled ASP.NET Machine A., Limited Account, Password Protected I dont know what this account is. It does not display on the Welcome Screen. A friend set up the OS install for me, so I dont know if this comes with the install, or not.

This is causing real difficulty at present. Is anyone able to assist please ? With thanks.

Mike Klaiber

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