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Windows 7: Cannot delete shortcut from Public Desktop?

16 Aug 2013   #1
quark8790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Cannot delete shortcut from Public Desktop?

Hi all,

My sister recently installed Nokia Suite on my PC so she could connect her phone. Being what it is, it plonked a launch shortcut in Public Desktop. The thing is, I like to have my desktop very clean and organized. I don't want it in my desktop. When I try to simply delete it off my desktop, Windows tries to delete the actual .EXE in Program Files. When I delete it off Public Desktop, it asks for an admin account (which I don't have.) Same sort of thing happens when I do it through CMD. Any ideas? Can I make Windows ignore the Public Desktop folder? Is there another way just to get rid of it?

Thanks!


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16 Aug 2013   #2
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

Welcome to SF !

Are you sure Windows is trying to delete the actual .exe file?
How did you come to that conclusion?
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16 Aug 2013   #3
PeaB4YouGo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

One thing to try is asking the Admin user to move the shortcut from the public desktop to the individual user's desktop folder. I do that all the time with games that the wife likes. She installs the program, and I have to move the shortcut icons from All Users to her own desktop folder.
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16 Aug 2013   #4
quark8790

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok! I'll have to ask the admin.

P.S YoYo, this is my reasoning:

That pops up when I delete the shortcut.

Anyway, solved.
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16 Aug 2013   #5
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

That is normal, it simply states the location of the file the shortcut is linking to.
Cannot delete shortcut from Public Desktop?-normalw.jpg


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16 Aug 2013   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Um, no, that is not normal. It means exactly what it said. I would be wary of deleting it. When I delete a shortcut, this is what I see:

Cannot delete shortcut from Public Desktop?-capture.png


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16 Aug 2013   #7
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

Similar to what I posted, I have never heard of a case where deleting a .lnk deleted the linked file.
Perhaps you could shed some light on the subject?

I think he is either deleting an actual .exe,
or is it due to security constraints that it is not showing more information about the file?
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17 Aug 2013   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Re-reading the error message again, I believe you are right and I am wrong. It doesn't specify a specific file, just the folder, so it should be safe.

My apologies YoYo155.
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17 Aug 2013   #9
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

No harm done .
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17 Aug 2013   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Have you asked the admin for help and if so what help was given?
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