Windows 10: Installing Programs makes the Desktop Icons on Other Users Undeletable

  1.    02 Dec 2017 #1

    Installing Programs makes the Desktop Icons on Other Users Undeletable


    When you install a program, you get an icon on your desktop, and in other users.
    But if you try to delete the icon from the desktop of the other users, you can't delete the LINK that's inside the desktop. If you try to delete it, it won't let you delete the link - it will ask you if to delete the file that the link links to.

    I found an annoying way to do it but I think there must be an easier way, can you help me?

    My way is to go to your user, delete the icon from your desktop, then it is suppost to delete the icon also from other users. Then you can check if it worked and go back again, now find the original location of the file and make a link on your desktop in your original user. This way the icon is removed from other users but your user still has it.
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  2. Posts : 13,962
    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Dec 2017 #2

    Much easier way is to move the shortcut from Users\Public\Desktop to Users\Your_Username\Desktop. Everything in Public\Desktop will be shown to all users, everything in Your_Username\Desktop only to you.

    Kari
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  3. Posts : 3,204
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       02 Dec 2017 #3

    Take ownership of your and public desktop and give yourself permissions to modify them.
    Code:
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /r /d y
    icacls "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
    takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /r /d y
    icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
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  4. Posts : 13,962
    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Dec 2017 #4

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Take ownership of your and public desktop and give yourself permissions to modify them.
    You must be kidding! All OP needs to do is to simply move a shortcut to another folder.
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  5.    03 Dec 2017 #5

    Kari said: View Post
    Much easier way is to move the shortcut from Users\Public\Desktop to Users\Your_Username\Desktop. Everything in Public\Desktop will be shown to all users, everything in Your_Username\Desktop only to you.

    Kari
    Thank you! That's the perfect answer I was looking for
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