I make videos about games and those games, I typically consider "work". I also play plenty of other games in my free time.
Now, I've made different user accounts on my Windows:

  1. Work
  2. Play

I want the games I'm making videos on and all the editing software to be installed on my Work user account on Steam, and the rest on the Play account on Steam, each tied to their specific Windows account. How would I go about doing this?

The main reason to do this, is that separating work and play like this makes it easier to focus get work done. Thank you for taking the time.


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Assuming you are using the same steam account across both windows logins, steam is what keeps track of what's installed on steam, not your windows account. There are however three ways to get something close.

Option 1 - Use steam's collections. Put all the games and software you are using into one collection and all the rest of your games in another one - that won't 100% hide them, but it will let you at least separate them.

Option 2 - Create a second steam account and use family sharing - You can share games and software you own with up to 5 other steam accounts now, if you create a second steam account, share your library with that other account, you can set what you do and don't want to allow the second account to be able to access - that way only what you share with that account will show up on steam at all. This list can be set up under settings>family>manage family view. This way your "work" windows login, will have a "work" steam account without access to the full library.

Option 3 - is a bit awkward, but you could install the 'games' into a location that the other windows profile doesn't have access to, you can set up folders so only specific users or people in specific groups (like admins) can access them, and in that case steam wouldn't be able to access the games installed there when not logged in as a user with rights to the locations.

I haven't actually tried option 2 on the same PC, but you can log in and install games from multiple accounts onto one PC already, so it should work just fine. The only thing is you will need to sign out and into steam every time - steam isn't set up to have a saved log in connected to the user, just the computer as a whole. I haven't tried the third option either, and it does have the potential to mess up what steam believes is installed if it checks the library locations when run.

  • Steam uses the file "libraryfolders.vdf" to store non-standard Steam Library Folder paths, and checks the "steamapps" folder of each for "appmanifest_#.acf" files, where # is a unique Steam appid for each app. Symlinks can be used to get the effect of multiple Steam Library Folders on Windows, but they can be dangerous.
    – l3l_aze
    Jan 22, 2022 at 6:36

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