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Windows 7: How to delete icons on a non-administrative account?

18 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 
How to delete icons on a non-administrative account?

Hi,

I've set up regular user account (not administrator) for my girlfriend on my computer.

When I install a program or a game the icon for that software appear on my girlfriends desktop as well as mine.

I've tried to log on to her user account and delete those icons to clean up her desktop since she will definitively not use those programs or games, but I'm not allowed to delete them since I need an administrator account to do so...

Now I am the administrator on my own account but how can I delete those icons on her desktop? Do I have to make it a temporary administrator account every time I want to delete an icon?

Thank you for the help.


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18 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hoggorm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sometimes when you install programs, it will give you an option to install for all users or only your user account. Selecting "only your user account" will have it not create shortcuts in all the other user accounts.

Since your user account is an administrator account, you should be able to open her C:\Users\(user-name) folder, click on Continue when prompted to give permission to open it, then open her Desktop folder to delete the shortcuts.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for the quick reply!

I always use the "only your user account" when I can, but it seems like a very few programs has this ability so most program still get installed for her account as well.

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Since your user account is an administrator account, you should be able to open her C:\Users\(user-name) folder, click on Continue when prompted to give permission to open it, then open her Desktop folder to delete the shortcuts.
I guess I do this from my own account? I'll try this when I get back from work next week
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18 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Correct, you can do it from within your administrator account to delete them in her account.
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18 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Great!

Thanks!
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18 Jul 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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25 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Hi again,

Now I'm back from work and went into the Desktop folder on my girlfriends user account.

Unfortunately I only find two icons there... And both of them are icons she wants to have.

The icons I want to delete are not present here...

In my own Desktop folder though, I find all those icons as I would expect.

Any ideas?
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25 Jul 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

There are two Desktop locations. You might check both for the shortcuts.

1) C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop (shows only on specific user)

2) Hidden C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop (shows on all users)
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25 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Great!

I had to move the icons from the hidden public folder to my own Desktop folder. If not I deleted the icon on both my and her desktops.

Thank you for the help!
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25 Jul 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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