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MIRKOSOFT

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    How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
    « on: April 22, 2019, 07:07:38 AM »
    Hi!

    I want to add 2nd user to my XP but don't know how is in XP possible to make accounts independent.
    Qs are:
    1. Is possible to have for each user other language pack? I think it can, limit is login screen - is it true?
    2. Startup programs - allow/deny for one or 2nd?
    3. Disk partitions/folder access? Native Windows it has, but has it XP too?
    4. Running programs I think is same like Q3, or?

    Of course user1 (me) is Admin, 2nd standard...

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    Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
    « Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 03:40:10 PM »
    Best solution would be to have a dual-boot system with one OS booting for one user and other booting for the other. But not sure if you can install 2 copies of XP onto a single drive with 2 partitions to keep them separate because XP likes to run out to the drive and look for prior Windows installations. *You might be able to get it to ignore prior Windows installations on other partition though but never tried this. I have only built dual boot systems on a single drive with XP and 7 or Linux as alternate boot choice.

    Years ago when I only had one internet capable computer I had a IDE Drive 5.25" removable drive bay which I could place my wifes Conner 300MB drive into the system and boot Windows 95 and she had her games and stuff completely separate from mine. When she was done shut down system and swapped the IDE hard drive to my Quantum 1.2GB drive and booted up my built of Windows 95 with my games & programs.

    These days you can have 2 drives in a desktop computer and F9 for alternate boot source and select one drive instead of the other. But once they logon they would have access to your drive which is idle.

    If you really need your data protected from them having access to it, then you would want to use removable hard drives and have them using their drive and you having your own. Only way of cross contamination etc would be if a thumb drive or external hard drive remained connected between the drive swaps.

    Windows likes to use shared preferences between users on the same build. I ran into a situation a ways back with a shared computer where one person liked to leave the volume maxed out and myself I like the volume off. Every time I'd logon after they had been on and they raised the volume it would have the volume to the maximum and so an ad would play a video with sound blaring which was annoying when I wanted silent use.

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      Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
      « Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 04:05:03 PM »
      Very wrong...
      Sadly I found not in Security no entry - so it came later with newer Windows versions.

      So, I need at least this:
      1. language
      2. startup programs
      3. theme

      Is it possible?
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      Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
      « Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019, 05:45:22 PM »
      Best solution would be ... But not sure if you can install 2 copies of XP onto a single drive with 2 partitions to keep them separate ..
      That works.  :)

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      Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
      « Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 06:22:11 PM »
      Cool thanks geek for confirming that XP can be twice on a single drive among 2 partitions.

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      Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
      « Reply #5 on: April 22, 2019, 07:39:55 PM »
      Code: [Select]
      ;
      ;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
      ;
      [boot loader]
      timeout=30
      default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
      [operating systems]
      multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 1" /FASTDETECT
      multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 2" /FASTDETECT
      multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP 3" /FASTDETECT
      In the above the default is partition 2. And the drive letter is D:. of course.
      Partition 3 might be an extended partition. Deice letter E:
      Partition 1 is drive C:
      There are other possibilities.
      Bear in mind that modern PCs seldom use the old MBR thing.
      Windows XP expects to fin a MBR.

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        Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
        « Reply #6 on: April 23, 2019, 01:51:02 PM »
        So, it looks like Q is away from topic.
        But understand if is it impossible.

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        Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
        « Reply #7 on: April 23, 2019, 04:26:15 PM »
        Who the heck is Q ? ?
        " Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined. "

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        Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
        « Reply #8 on: April 23, 2019, 05:20:04 PM »
        I was thinking maybe Quantos = Q, but its best if more than 1 letter for a name. 007 James Bond comes to mind with Q.  ;D

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_(James_Bond)

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        Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
        « Reply #9 on: April 23, 2019, 05:35:17 PM »
         8)
        " Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined. "

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          Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
          « Reply #10 on: April 24, 2019, 04:08:21 PM »
          Ok, somebody can report it by his/her favorite movie, somebody knows what this letter means when I ask anything.
          Who really knows nothing by any way, no matter.

          Best is to close this thread without taunt.
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          Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
          « Reply #11 on: April 24, 2019, 05:45:51 PM »
          Still have no idea what you were saying...
          " Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined. "

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          Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
          « Reply #12 on: April 27, 2019, 03:58:59 PM »
          Not sure how hard it is to spell out someones name... I guess I was wrong with quantos for Q.  :-\

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          Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
          « Reply #13 on: April 28, 2019, 03:11:20 PM »
          from yahoo...
          Q'uo is a multidimensional being who has chosen to use the body of Carla Ruekert to write books and communicate with those of us who live in the mundane 3 dimensional world. Q'uo seems to have a lot of important information
           ::)

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          Re: How are 2 separate users in XP independent?
          « Reply #14 on: April 28, 2019, 03:59:21 PM »
          Whatever Geek...tryin too hard maybe ? ?
          " Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined. "