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I have windows 10 x64 pro, i have 2 user accounts, a personal admin account as my main account and a local admin account for my work profile.

my work profile has some VPN software installed that runs at boot and sits in the system tray, is there a way to set it up so that those apps only run for the local work account and don't run at startup when logged into my personal account?

my personal account is for gaming and id like every extra bit of processing power avail for that and i don't want to have to manually turn it all off every time and i don't really want to write a batch file to kill them all every time either. thanks in advance for your help guys.

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This should be fairly easy to do.

Your personal startup folder (per user) is located at:

C:\Users\Your_user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

You can add shortcuts to the applications you want to launch in this folder for the user you want them to start for. As a shortcut, you can go start > run > type "shell:Startup" (no quotes) and then ok and it will take you to the above folder automatically. Copy any shortcuts to another folder so that you can delete them safely and then add your new entries (shortcut to the software you want to launch "per-user")

You may also launch programs via registry by opening RegEdit (Start > Run > Regedit.exe) and navigating to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

You may find program entries here (see image below) enter image description here If you make a note of the values displayed here, you can then delete the entries. Make sure to take a note of the values or back the key up first incase you need to restore them at a later point in time.


You then need to remove the startup items for "All users" (the reason it launches on your admin account as well). The path for this is:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

The shortcut for this is: shell:Common Startup

The registry path for common user startup is:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

You can backup, remove and add entries in these locations as described in the "per user" section of my answer.

You may also find it easier (if dealing with shortcuts in the startup folders) to simply open 2 windows and drag-drop shortcuts from "all users" to "your user" and vice versa.

Hope this helps.

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  • Thanks Fazer, that did help with one of the 2 apps i need disabled, the other one it did not work for. However i was looking around and i realized the other was setup as a windows Service so i editied to be manual starup instead of automatic and will se if that will still allow me to use everything when working and NOT using it when gaming and report back. appreciate the help man – Gr1mSag3 Jan 1 '16 at 22:51
  • Awesome... what you can do is go to services > go to the service and select properties and you'll see the "service name" field (not friendly or display name)... in notepad, if the service is called "myservice", type "net start myservice" (no quotes) and save it as "start.bat" to your desktop. Right click the batch and run as administrator - shortcut to starting it :) Also, net stop myservice for stopping. Might make things even easier for you. Also, if this has answered your problem, please upvite and/or accept as the answer if you can do so :) – Fazer87 Jan 2 '16 at 22:40
  • Awesome thanks for this answer @Fazer87, really helped me out :) – Steve Bauman Dec 11 '17 at 22:40

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