This article describes how to make a program available to all users if that program was originally installed for only one user.
If a user other than an administrator installs a program, that program may be available only for that user. The examples in this article assume that a program named "Program.exe" was installed under the "User1" account, and that the system drive is drive C.
Locate the User's Programs Folder
- Log on as Administrator.
- Start Windows Explorer.
- Locate the Documents and Settings folder. This folder is located on the system drive. By default, the system drive is drive C.
- Expand the Documents and Settings folder.
- Find the User1 folder in the list of user folders.
- Expand the User1 folder.
- Find the Start Menu folder in the User1 folder. Expand the Start Menu folder.
Locate the Program Icon in the User's Programs Folder
- In the left pane, click the Programs folder.
- In the right pane, locate the shortcut for Program.exe.
Note that only shortcuts are stored in the Programs folder. The actual programs are installed elsewhere.
- Right-click the shortcut for Program.exe, and then click Copy.
Make the Program Available to All Users
- In the left pane, locate the All Users folder.
- Expand the All Users folder.
- Expand the Start Menu folder.
- Right-click the Programs folder, and then click Paste.
Article ID: 322016 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 4.1
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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