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    multiple user settings (XP)

    Hello all,

    I have a problem with the family computer. WinXP Pro, two user settings, my wife's and my daughter's. Why does my daughter's instant messaging crap show up on my wife's screens? My wife will log onto the computer and the next thing you know MSN, Yahoo, all start popping up with teenagers wanting to chat. I know why they think it is my daugther that has logged on, my question is how do I keep any of these instant messaging programs from starting when someone else logs on?

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    Long story short: the Instant Messaging programs all set themselves up by default to run for all users. To kill them for your wife but not your daughter, you will need to do the following:<UL><LI>Right-click on the Start button and choose Explore.<LI>Right click on the Start menu again, and select [/b]Explore All Users[/b] this time.<LI>Tile the windows so that you can see both of them. You can righ-click on the taskbar to accomplish this.<LI>Navigate to the folder Start MenuProgramsStartup for each profile in each window. Make sure one is pointing to All Users.WINDOWSStart MenuProgramsStartup and the other to your daughter's profile.<LI>Cut and paste the startup items from the All Users startup folder to your daughter's [/b]Startup[/b] folder. Next reboot, they will run only for your daughter.[/list]There are easier ways to do this, and programs that will accomplish it for you, but I will leave suggestions on those to other Loungers. The method I've outlined doesn't require a program and is useful to have when you are trying to solve this problem elsewhere (meaning, on someone else's machine). <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    Mark,
    I see nothing in the AllUsers folder about IM. Besides you do NOT want to copy ALL of the items to the different accounts, you will start a nightmare of a maintance of the system.

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 20-Sep-02 16:15. )</P>Are they using the same passport for the connection? Each will need their own.
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    To prevent IM from starting up, clear the check marks on the preference tab of the options of IM.
    I just checked my systems, and if I have NOT set up an account and block the start up of IM the active accounts from the others users are not started. Even with the user accounts with different IM accounts, I have different Passport accounts which requires a different email address, will not conflict with each other.

    To block IM from starting up, clear the check marks in the upper section the the preference pane. See attachment.
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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    Dave, I'm sure the messenger is started in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRun.

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    I think if you edit that area of the registry it will kill it for ALL. They just do NOT want the kids IM poping up when they, the adults, log in.

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    The "All Users" group should hold icons for each chatting service. AIM, I know, creates a registry entry - but perhaps in this case simply disabling the startup items using MSCONFIG is in order, and then the daughter can start them all manually. Sounds to me like she should check out Trillian anyway!!
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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    Okay ~

    I had no problem whatsoever stopping WIM from starting period, but then I do not use OE/OL.

    I have a family member's machine in which I have unchecked run from WIM options, from MSCONFIG, from startup folder, and disabled it from Admin tools local services, yet the stubborn @#$!% runs each time Outlook is started. Now if I right-click on the WIM icon in tray when OL is running and attempt to exit, it reports that it cannot as it is being used by OL or something similar. This is poppycock as we know darn well OL can run w/o the existence of WIM on a machine.

    Any ideas how to separate them so that WIM does not run each time OL is used?

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    Bruce...run, don't walk, over to http://www.slovaktech.com/attachmentoptions.htm and download Ken Slovak's wonderful little utility. It has a setting to disable instant messaging in Outlook XP, along with allowing you to reclaim your attachments.
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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    Hi, Mark ~

    Well, I sat on this for a day or two after running over there. You have always been right on the money, but his time I am a little confused as I could not find even one possible reference at Mr. Slovak's site or in Woody's rave reviews in any of the WOW archives regarding the software of which you speak and IM. Is this the right one? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    How hard did you look?

    The ability to disable Messenger is already built into Outlook. I mistakenly attributed that to Ken's software, which you should be using anyway. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: multiple user settings (XP)

    <hr>How hard did you look? <hr>
    I looked where you directed me and the links contained therein. This link is different than the one you sent last time and is not noted on the site you sent.

    As noted previously, I do not use OL or OE - this is the family author's machine, but Ken does have it goin' on!

    I am aware of the ability within OL to disable Messenger. As noted previously in this thread, this and other measures have failed thus far. My advice was to remove Messenger, but she "may need it later" <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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