How to set per user browser settings?

On a shared PC running Windows 7 the browser has the last used settings when it should have the current user’s settings.

On a shared PC running Windows 7 the browser has the last used settings when it should have the current user’s settings.

Here is another one of those things that should be easy on a modern PC but isn’t.  First searching for help on this is not easy.  Many of the links found are about setting the specific browser that each user will use.  For example, you use FireFox, wife uses IE, and your kids use Chrome.  What I’m talking about is one browser only, but multiple users on one PC.  Thus, when I open the browser my email, homepage, and other things are all mine, not the last user of the machine.  How annoying.  This is probably a symptom of Windows lame multi-user handling, after all, really supporting multiple users would reduce OS license fees.  I wonder how Windows MultiPoint Server handles this, probably doesn’t really present a “real” Windows client to each user.

I haven’t found the answer yet.  When I do I will post it here.

One kludge that works is to just use a browser in a virtual machine instance.  That will guarantee that the user settings are unique.  This will work, but only on a high-powered PC or server, not a laptop.  On a VirtualBox VM on my PC I run Ubuntu which allows me to run FireFox with the setting  I need.

Updates

System-Level Google Chrome Setup

Links

Setting “default browser” affects all users on Win”, http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=513

VirtualBox:  http://www.virtualbox.org/

FireFox:  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html

Windows MultiPoint Server:  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/multipoint/default.aspx

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