There is no way to set distinct screen resolution for users or logins in Windows XP (by itself) since this was considered a machine or hardware setting by the OS designers. Changing it on an individual computer is relatively simple (right-click on the desktop and choose Display settings) and you could make it less cryptic by copying desk.cpl from c:\windows\system32 to the desktop as an icon. But this isn’t automatic. I needed a solution that worked for a whole lab full of computers and found a blog post that helped.
It led me to Doug Knox’s solution which worked the best for my purposes. I downloaded it and put in the Startup Folder for all users. Then I ran it and saved settings for each user. The information is stored in the Registry and, since it’s in the Startup Folder, will apply to each user just after logging in. Useful and a time saver!
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