| By Fred Langa |
Yes, one tool can optimize a Windows setup comprising many different user accounts.
PC cleanup tools take various approaches to removing junk from every account — from standard to administrator — without damaging or deleting files a user may require.
System-wide cleanup help for multiuser PCs
A reader calling himself “Net Star” asks a savvy question about PCs with several user accounts:
- “What’s the best way to clean a computer with multiple accounts? Should you install and run [the cleanup] software on each account? If you install the software on one account, will it clean the entire computer, including each account?
“For example, programs like CCleaner will install on only one account and don’t offer the option for all users. Does this mean the program will clean the entire computer, including other accounts, or do I have to install CCleaner on each account to clean up each user’s account?”
Although it’s handy for all users on a PC — including non-administrators — to have easy access to junk-file removers, it might not be safe or wise to allow users with standard accounts to modify the system’s Registry.
Different tools address this safety issue in different ways. For example, CCleaner automatically installs to all accounts, but the program does so in a nonstandard way that might lead you to think it’s not present. Instead of listing itself normally in each user’s All Programs menu, CCleaner inserts itself into the context menu that appears when each user right-clicks the Recycle Bin.