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Sharing implications for single user.

Q: Sharing implications for single user.

Hello, from someone who embarrassingly never used nor really understood 'Sharing folders' in any Windows edition, I would simply like to know if I being the only user of my laptop where to stop sharing via my 'Users' folder I would get any benefit or at the very least not to suffer any malign consequences? I feel foolish for not getting familiar with such a basic part of Windows and I would be grateful for any advice.
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All data is stored in D: drive. There is no personal data on C:. Thus, deleting accounts should have minimal effect.

A:Implications of deleting or changing the name of a user account

Why would you want to "standardize" user names and passwords? If user Joe has an account on one machine now he has access to 5. Doesn't sound like great security.
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A:User switching implications - programs still running?

Your programs continues to run even when others are logged in :-)

You can watch them writing to the hard drive via Task Manager if you turn on the IO columns.

And Resource Manager will show network traffic for your backup program
(assuming it is backing up to an server on the internet).
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A:Cannot Print/ Single User, Single Printer

Is it a network printer or a local printer?
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A:Have to select user upon startup, and after locking. Single User

Hello KillerHonky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have to select a user's icon at the log on screen, then what other user's icon is displayed to select from if you only have a single user account on the computer?

....or do you mean that you have to enter both the user name and password at log on instead of just the password?

You could use the tutorial below to set Windows 7 to automatically log on to a user account at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps for now,
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When I log in to access this folder under the limited privilege account, I can access my main logins Documents, pictures, and other things that I do not want accessed. I have my user folder set up to not be shared. I do not have a homegroup set up. Why are these files accessible to another users account?

A:Manually sharing a single folder question.

Quote: Originally Posted by pulgoki

I manually created a share for a folder on a separate drive for work purposes. I created a limited privileged account because I want there to be a password to log in to access this folder.

When I log in to access this folder under the limited privilege account, I can access my main logins Documents, pictures, and other things that I do not want accessed. I have my user folder set up to not be shared. I do not have a homegroup set up. Why are these files accessible to another users account?

What groups are you and the others in? If neither is admin and both are regualr users that is the problem.
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If yes please help me.

with regards

A:Managing and sharing two cable line through single computer

I think you need to be more specific as to what you intend to accomplish.
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I've done quite a bit of searching and have came up empty. Before I said it couldn't be done, I'm wondering if anyone's heard of a way to do this.

A:Win 7 single user, merging users\All Users, Default User, Public, etc?

Just curious, but why does this annoy him so much? Surely it's not that complicated a system and all of his documents etc are stored in the same place, with more or less easy to use shortcuts to these directories placed throughout Windows 7?
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thanks you

A:Sharing a single batch file for all home group Computers..

Without knowing the contents of the batch file the easiest solution would be to create a batch file on each machine (with shortcut to the local batch so users won't meddle with the batch file contents) that copies the remote batch and runs it.

@echo off
REM copy batch from server for latest params
copy x:\remotebatch.cmd newlocalbatch.cmd
REM 5 second delay for file to copy
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REM run it
Edit: You may want to add some error handling etc..
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We have a homegroup set up for printer sharing. Network discovery is currently off. Thank you.

A:Limit sharing to a single computer/folder on home network?

Quote: Originally Posted by pseudoware

Hi, is there a way to share files from only a single location on a home network? The "server" would be a Windows 7 machine. The others are 7 or 8. We don't want computers on the network to "see" any other computers, only the one w/shared files, and only that specific directory (they s/b able to add folders there).

We have a homegroup set up for printer sharing. Network discovery is currently off. Thank you.

Turning off Network discovery should prevent the other machines from seeing those machines on the network.

If you only want one file shared on one of the Homegroup machines then turn off Network discovery on all the other machines then for each folder you need to hide choose "Share With" then "Stop Sharing".
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Thanks for the help

A:Single user PC

Go to Control ->User Accounts.

Delete the one you don't what any longer
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This has most likely been covered before but I am wondering about admin accounts vs non admin accounts.
I understand that if you have a network you most likely would want to have an admin and a group of users.
But what if you have a single computer with only one user?
Is there any advantage or necessity to have an admin account and a user account ?
Is an admin account necessarily more secure to the outside world? as in protection from hackers, malware, viruses, etc.

A:Single User Security

With a single pc you should create a standard user account and use it for everything. Only use the admin account when necessary.
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Many thanks

A:Single User SQL on an XP Machine?

How about installing the MDSE version of SQL (aka SQL 2005 Express) and install it on your XP Workstation?

Or is your product doesn't support 2005, then try the MSDE 2000 RelA.
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A:Single User Does Not Load

Hello hopefully I can point you in the right direction to fix your problem.Please read this concerning ntuser.dat a corrupted user profile. this helps and please keep us informed as to whether this helped or not.Kind regards.Bruce.
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As a single user I'm not worried about physical login.

However, I do download from the NET and have several of my own programs which access trusted servers of third parties. I never paid much attention to security as up to down figured those hacking were way ahead of those trying to stop it.

With my new build and install of Windows 7, I decided maybe now is the time.

So my questions are:

1) When accessing the NET should I be logging on to my system as a user rather than administrator?
2) Is Windows 7 Firewall adequate or better than someone else?
3) Would it be better to use a sandbox?
4) If I use a sandbox, how can I ensure that the programs or pages I download from the NET are not infected so I can copy them onto my system -- e.g. what program should I run against the download to check it for viruses)?


A:Single User Security

Very astute questions.
It is suggested that you do not log on as administrator. If you are infected by malware the damage done will be limited
Windows 7 firewall is fine. Others are going to post and disagree, since it is a matter of opinion. I trust my system to the built in fire wall.
Sandboxie is very good software. I do not use it but it will give you an extra layer of protection
You can test the safety of any download with virus total
Now here is your bonus answer. I use the free Macrium Reflect. It makes an image of my hard drive (I make an image after any big changes, ie updates. It has saved me from 3 virus. You get a virus, just replace with the image.
Good luck to you
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A:Single User Question

Hello Jerry, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think you may have misunderstood what UAC is. Read the links in the green information box in the tutorial below for a more detailed explanation of what UAC is and what is does if you like. The tutorial below will also show you how to turn UAC off.

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

You might also look into the built-in Adminsitrator account to see if you may be interested in using it for what you want. I would recommend to stick with your current default administrator account though for better security.

Hope this helps,
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Many thanks

A:Single User SQL on an XP Machine?

I figured somebody would answer this by now.

If I recall, there's a single user SQL from Microsoft that's a "desktop edition"

Of course, now that I've read this, it appears that they're canning this for Vista.

In the mean time, you should be able to use the MSDE engine. Not the fastest, but if it's single user it's probably ok.

Having said that, using SQL etc has some caveats.

1] Whatever the XP system has now, it'll probably need more memory to perform satisfactory.
2] You need to protect the system and filesystems/database from being shutdown abnormally. They need to be queiesced. This means the system needs a UPS of some form. Something that will keep it up long enough to shutdown gracefully.
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Blessed Be;

A:XP - Single-user. Remove other logins?

Default User should have the administrative powers. You should be able to remove the other users, and then, if you get a welcome screen and you don't want it, you can change the way you log on under "users" in the Control Panel. Be careful not to delete all users with Admin priveleges!
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Regards, Alex

A:Single user security settings

Start, Run and type: control userpasswords2. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer".

It would be wise to password the "Administrator" account and create a separate account for yourself.
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A:Installing program on XP for single user

I think the best way is to manually do it as I think there no way in stopping it happing.
Open C:\Documents and Settings you will see a All users folder look in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
If you copy all there and move to each users C:.......\Start Menu you can delete it from All users start menu folder and start to clean up your own menues
1)summary copy C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
2)paste to every users C:\Documents and Settings\Everyuser\Start Menu
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4)clean up your start menu

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A:Single User 1324 Error

By the way same thing happens for Office suite 2007. It seems to be Office products in general.
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A:What folder should a Single User app be installed in?

While none of those really convinces me, I would think the best would be to use either %LOCALAPPDATA% or %APPDATA% environment variables as the base folder, which in particular in Windows 7 maps to c:\users\<username>\appdata\local and c:\users\<username>\appdata\roaming respectively. Creating a folder right there and dumping the program, and afterwards its data, there is not a bad option for a portable program. Alternatively, using %USERPROFILE% (c:\users\<username>) is possible.

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A:Install software for single user only

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A:Change user from dual to single

Well. you can simply never log off, just shutdown the computer and you'll never see the log on screen again. You can also change the name if you so desire. Or, if I read your post right...simply log on your name and never log off. There is a procedure to delete USERS and you can from the Control Panel. Make sure though that you are logged on as the Administrator.

BTW, I assuming this is XP????
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A:Print only in single user account.

Did you shut down and boot up again when you gave your kids account permission?
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A:Revert XP to single user mode

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A:XP Pro clean install for single user


Welcome to TSG.

You Can go to Control Panel/ User Accounts and remove unwanted accounts.

Then Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Local Security Settings/Minimum Password Length/Reduce it to 0.

Then Control Panel/User Account/Your Account/Remove Password
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A:[SOLVED] Do you need a master password for single pc user?

Even if you are the only user on your PC, it might be advised to use the Master Password feature for the best security. You can find info about using Master Password at the Mozilla Help Site

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A:Automatic updates - configure single user use only?

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A:Down/Up bandwidth issues for single user account

How far are you from the access point when you're using that account? Also have you checked UAC settings? That might have something to do with it.
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A:Blocking Internet connection for single user

After a few quick searches, I found a program that sounds like it'll do what you're looking to do:

If I'm reading your post correctly, this sounds like it's exactly what you're looking for.
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A:Single user PC why do I need Admin + Owner + Users ?

I can appreciate your frustration, Russell. The learning curve from XP to 7 can be kinda steep. One of the issues many people first have is the increased security offered by Windows 7. As you said in your post about your XP machines, "They are all standalone PCs -- stable and they let me "in"." That was one of XP's major problems ... lots of malware was able to get in as well as the authorized user(s).

When a new 7 computer is first set up, the initial account created is an administrator account so you can make required changes to the computer (like choosing language of choice, setting computer time zone, etc.) So there always has to be at least one administrator account on a 7 machine.

But to add to the confusion, this is an "unelevated" administrator account. In other words, there are some tasks (such as running a system file checker scan [sfc /scannow] from a command prompt), that cannot be done without jumping through one more hoop. If you open a command prompt in 7 (either by typing cmd in the start menu search box or using the long way start > all programs > accessories > command prompt) you have to right-click the command prompt icon and select "Run as administrator". It's just another security feature to make it more difficult for malware to get in.

A lot of people who are the only ones using the computer leave things as is ... running with that administrator account. Nothing wrong with that if you're careful and know what sites you're visiting, what email attachments you're opening, etc. But for an extra degree of security many people operate as a standard user just because it does make it more difficult for malware to get in. This tutorial goes into more detail about the various account types.

User Account Type - Change

As far as obtaining a Windows 7 installation disk, you could check out Step 4 in this tutorial (doing a repair install of Windows 7.)

Repair Install

You could download the ISO file for your version of Windows 7, save it to desktop, then burn it to a DVD. If you ever did a repair install or a clean install, just use the Product Key on your Toshiba laptop to re-activate with Microsoft. Hope some of this helps and doesn't make things even more confusing.
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Hello ejdpop,

If you mean that you enabled the build-in "Administrator" account, then you could just disable it to not see it anymore.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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A:How to restrict drive access to single user?

I have this table for Windows 8.
Group Policy Search

You could search to see if the Vista setting is there.
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EDIT: I will be using Windows 8, Home edition

A:Setup-single user account with no password?

Hello JoGirl, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes. You would just need to set it up using a "Local" account instead of a "Microsoft" account. Only with a local account can you leave the password fields blank to not have one.

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The best I could find were commercial programs which are not free.

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A:Help with Group Policy/shell change for a single user?

New ou... put that computer account in that ou and create a new GPO for that OU. done.
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Quote: Originally Posted by hershmab

I had to reinstall W7 Pro X64 on my home PC to cure problems with sleep/hibernation.

After reinstalling, I found a single user account had been created named "DELL".

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Welcome Hershmab to the windows 7 forums.

The best advice I can give you is to create a userid for Brian making sure that it has the same security level as you used to have. Then log off dell and log on to brian and copy all the files to your new userid and then you can remove the Dell userid after your satisfied that everything is there.

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A:Can I grant shared permissions to a single user from a different comp

Hello DGEccles,
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Hello and Welcome to TSF!

See if resetting the Hosts File helps.

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You can give this a try and hope. The run as adminstrtor feature was put there by the software and not Vista.
You can turn off the UAC
User Account Control (UAC)

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Let me know how that works.

When you right click on the software, type in the software name in the search function by stat button, and then right click when it pops up. Do not click on any shortucuts.

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It's possible that her account have been reported multiple times by other users for posting spamming messages or sharing suspicious Facebook pages (I report accounts like these everyday), and if her account received too many messages, Facebook decided to limit her action until she cleans her computer. I don't think they know exactly if the system is infected or not, but they suggest it since her account might have been reported by other users. The reason yours wasn't flagged on her computer is most likely because it was never reported and your account isn't compromised. Also, this is a legitimate Facebook message, and they recommend you to download a virus scanner from TrendMicro, F-Secure, ESET or Microsoft to scan your computer for viruses. See the two links below: sum it up, this isn't censership, nor is it suspicious at all.
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A:.exe files, Shortcuts and start menu programs not found in under single user

Possibly damaged profile? That would be my first guess.

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP -

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Hello Chris,

You might check using the tutorial below to see if you may have missed setting the permission settings for her user account on the folder.

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A:Need help sharing a folder to a specific user

Quote: Originally Posted by catback


I have a home network consisting of several machines, all running Windows 7. I want to share a folder located on one machine, called PC1, with another machine called PC2. All other machines on the network are not to have access to this folder.

On PC1, I created a non-admin user account with the same login and password credentials as the admin user for PC2. I then right clicked the folder I want to share on PC1 and went into advanced sharing and added this user to both the Sharing and Security tabs and provided full control permission. I also removed the Everyone group from both tabs, since I only want PC2 to access this folder.

With this setup, I am able to see the shared folder in Networks when on PC2 but I get an error saying access denied if I try to open it. Not sure why I'm getting this error since I added the user and provided access rights.

I have noticed that if I go to PC1 and add the Everyone group back in, I'm able to access the folder without any errors. But this defeats the purpose of providing access to only one machine. If anyone has suggestions, I would like to hear them.


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If you need to share specific files with only one machine then it's required that you set up a Homegroup on the first machine that has the files on it and then join that Homegroup from the second machine that requires access. Don't allow any other machines to join this new Homegroup.

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