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How much HD space will a 2nd user account take (Win7)

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As per title. How many gigs (approx) will adding a 2nd user account take in win 7?

If I add music to iTunes then will it double the size of the database?

Does software have to be reinstalled? Will it therefore take twice as much space?

Is there a way to keep software accessible to both users (iTunes, uTorrent, Teamviewer etc.)

I want to add another user account but have fairly limited free space on the OS drive.

I have googled but can only find "how much space does win 7 install need?"

Thanks a lot
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It depends. How much will you create for the second user account? It's a bit like asking how long a piece of string is. wink.gif

I tend to redirect the various directories (My Pictures, My Documents, My Videos, Downloads) to a not-OS-boot drive, so that if I format and reinstall I don't lose all my data - I presume you could just point both user accounts at the same directories (although I've not tried that)... to do so, right click 'em, select Properties, then the Location tab, and click 'Move' then select a directory you've already created. Don't make them the root of any drive, Windows doesn't like that.
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Well, on my netbook, my main profile folder is a little over 6 GB, my kids profile folder (which is rarely used, mainly to watch movies in Windows Media Center) only uses 34 mb of space.
Pretty much all software can be shared between profiles, so no need to re-install it. For music and videos, if you keep it in the "Public" documents folder, it can be shared between all users and it stays the same size. If you save the files in each seperate users folder, then it can increase the file size. Same for items saved on the desktop, they are not normally shared and can increase the size of the user file.
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