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How can I Install Opera for all users?

  • Opera's default installation is just for one user. How can I install Opera so that anyone using the computer in any user account can access it without installing Opera separately for each user? If I have to change to installation folder could please give instructions on how to do so.
    Thanks in advance.

  • In the installer, click on Options. You will have choices for type of install (All users, single user, or standalone), install location, etc.

    If you select "All users", the default install directory will be C:\Program Files\Opera Software\ (or the equivalent given your locale - Windows changes it based on your language). If you have a previous install which is not "All users" then it will not overwrite that install (as it is in a different location) ... it might be a good idea to uninstall the previous version first, so that you don't get confused by the two different copies. (If asked, leave your profile/settings so that the new install will find them when you run Opera under your account.)

    Of course, to make an "All users" install Windows will require administrator access - if you can't get such access (via the usual dialog) then don't bother; have someone who can get administrator access install it for you. (I presume you can get access, I am just being thorough.)

  • @sgunhouse
    That choice is greyed out. Don't sweat it. There are too many other browsers out there that install for all users with no worries. Thanks.

  • It is grayed out because you're pointing the location at the previous install - it won't let you change the install type until you change the install directory. After you change that, you will be able to choose All users (and then also change the directory to the default - so what you change the directory to at first doesn't really matter much.

  • @sgunhouse said in How can I Install Opera for all users?:

    It is grayed out because you're pointing the location at the previous install - it won't let you change the install type until you change the install directory. After you change that, you will be able to choose All users (and then also change the directory to the default - so what you change the directory to at first doesn't really matter much.

    Thanks for sharing useful post here.

  • @sgunhouse Why Opera? Why? I've just discovered this. Now I have to uninstall and re-install it again! Please re-think this bizarre decision, or ask the user when they run the installer!

  • So when I select to uninstall opera/opera gx it will ask what I want to delete and what I want to be left on the AppData folder so like my configs/passwords/theme/bookmarks bar/logged sections/icons on the sidebar/tec...?

  • @vasco2020 You would need to not delete the configs, unless you have the data stored with an Opera account. I do, so not 100% sure what will happen in your scenario.

  • @davidc-surrey so i did it but i selected all users but it still instaled to the C:\Users\User\Appdata\

  • @vasco2020 When you uninstall Opera, you get the option to remove your data. If you select the option, your data will be deleted.

  • @vasco2020 I can only suggest you try it again and make sure you read the prompts thoroughly. It worked fine for me and now resides in c:\program files\opera on a 64 bit system

  • @vasco2020 What is the rest of the path?

  • @leocg I know but I uninstalled without clearing the user data and then I installed it with the all users option on but it still installed on the appdata folder

  • @leocg the path is the current user path but I had the all users options on il just create a folder called Opera Software on the C:\Program Files\ folder so that I can install opera there

  • @vasco2020 So both installation and data directories where kept?
    And in the installation folder, all files were kept? Or just a few ones?

  • @vasco2020 That's strange because it's not the path Opera uses when installed for current user only.

    It's usually users\username\appdata\local\programs\

  • so i created a folder called "Opera Software" on the C:\Program Files (since I'm installing the 64bit version) and i created 2 folders one called "Opera Stable" and the other "Opera GX Stable"

  • so then I can install them there since the installation setup file is not making the path so that it does for all users

  • @vasco2020 You shouldn't have to manually create folders. The installer does that automatically.
    When I first installed it it went into the appdata\local as you described and appdata\roaming (I believe) held the data. When I uninstalled and re-installed it, it put the program in c:\program files as expected and the data was left where it was in appdata\roaming. There appears to be some cache files in appdata\local too.

    It now works for both users of that computer.

  • @davidc-surrey so I need to delete the cache folder on the opera/operagx AppData directory for the setup to work correctly? to select the C:\Program Files\ when I select the all users? but will that delete my user data?