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Sharing apps between multiple accounts

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit (6.2, Build 8400)

    Sharing apps between multiple accounts


    I need to know how to share windows 8 apps from my admin account to a standard account.
    For example I installed a game from windows store PUZZLETOUCH app. I used it on my account. I downloaded many more from the store but the problem is that I can only use them in my administrator account.
    I cant use them in any other standard account.
    I also tried windows + Q to search for the apps in my STANDARD account but i cant search any app that is installed by me from the store in my ADMINISTRATOR account.
    Please help me???...
    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Vikas, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Downloaded and installed "Metro" apps are owned only by that specific standard or administrator Microsoft account, and can't be used by a different Microsoft account. You are able to reinstall apps owned by a Microsoft account using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below on any Windows 8 device/PC that is signed in with the same Microsoft account. If the Microsoft account is not the same one, then they must download and install their own apps instead.

    Apps - Install Metro Apps from Windows 8 Store

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit (6.2, Build 8400)


    thnx...
    thnx for the reply...
    but this is a drawback
    I mean Microsoft must change it in their final product as it is very frustrating to install the same things again and again
    also if the number of apps that we download is very high then this is the worst thing one can think...
    anyways thnx for ur support...
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, apps are more like they are on a smartphone now except it's per account instead. Luckily it's not so bad to share the same apps across any Windows 8 device using the same Microsoft account.
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    Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit (6.2, Build 8400)


    yeah...luckily ATLEAST there is this feature which can help the users a lot...anyways can u help me in my next problem???
    i mean if u could plz help me i have posted it also...
    i wud be very grateful to u...
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  6. #6


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    That's another 100% beef I have with this totally imbecellic concept of "a store".

    Classical apps used to give you the option of Install this application for all users of this computer or just this account (i.e currently logged on user).

    If the app is running from the Internet -- that might make sense but on a local PC -- it's a load of dog poo.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jimbo,

    This is only with the "Metro" type apps. Normal programs will still install and can be used by all users on the computer.
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