Set Different Screen Resolutions For Every User

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 21, 2009
Updated • Dec 5, 2012
Software, Windows software

One of the biggest flaws of the Windows operating system becomes apparent in multi-user systems. Neither Windows XP nor Windows Vista offer individual screen resolutions for their user accounts. This means that a change of the screen resolution has global impact on the operating system. Each user account will experience the same display screen resolution.

Carroll is a small software program that offers a solution to this problem. The software is installed for all users allowing each to set their own screen resolution in the operating system. The computer program will display a list of available screen resolutions to the user upon startup. Selecting a screen resolution and clicking on the link "Change screen resolution and restore with every logon" will assign that screen resolution to the user. This will also be the screen resolution of all other users unless they specify a different screen resolution in the program.

Note that the configuration is only necessary on first run, and whenever you want to modify the screen resolution again to use a different one.

This can be easily done as Carroll is installed for all users. Carroll needs to be autostarted with Windows if a custom screen resolution has been specified by a user. It will basically switch to the custom screen resolution upon startup. Carroll is a small Windows software program that is available at the developer's website.

The program is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system including Windows 8. A change screen resolution option is available to test a new screen resolution on the system before making changes permanent. That's important if you are not sure which screen resolution to select to avoid setting a resolution that is bad for the eyes or does not reveal as many information on the screen as you need. Carroll will only display compatible screen resolutions.


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