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    Same apps available to users


    Hi. I am setting up a new user in windows 8.1 (also an administrator) and I want to them to have the same apps on the desktop, same Windows theme. Is there an easy way to accomplish this, like copying the Desktop setting from one user to the other? I suppose that will probably leave out some minor details. Or is there another way? Thanks for your help.

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    You can use Windows Easy Transfer(Apps screen>Windows System>Windows Easy Transfer) to copy the settings and documents to a different account.
    In the Wizard select to store the data into a transfer file. After the backup is finished, go to the 2nd account, run the Wizard again and select this is the destination PC and restore the settings from the file.
    The Startscreen layout is stored in a file called appsFolder.itemdata-ms under C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows. If the transfer wizard doesn't copy the layout, copy this file into the new account.
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    Thanks, Cliff S. That sounds like what I wanted. I'll try it and report back later.
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    I hope it works for you. I believe for the modern(Universal or Windows) Apps you might have to go to the store for each user and "download", it doesn't actually download it a second time, but licenses the app to that user only if it is already on the PC.
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    Thanks again, Cliff S. Worked fine for me. I wasn't too concerned about Store Apps; don't have many. All this didn't take very long. I have checked several things, and they work.
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    Good to hear, that it worked.
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