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Windows 7: How do i hide unused icon on a second user account

03 Jan 2014   #1
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
How do i hide unused icon on a second user account

Hi guys I am running windows 7 Pro 64 bit edition with all the latest updates.
My question is on the computer has two user accounts the second uses has a limited account so is not able to install programs and this is what I wanted.
But when I install programs on the administrator account it places setup icons on the limited account and when I click on these icons it asks for the administrator pass word then installs the program.
So is it possible to hide these icons. I have tried putting them all in one folder and then hide this folder but then it removes them from the administrator desktop


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03 Jan 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

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

If you install a program.... it installs the program.

No install icons should appear on any account afterwards! The program already has been installed.
So.. what do you mean?
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03 Jan 2014   #3
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Hi sorry I have mislead you when I install some programs it asks if this program is for all users and those programs run ok.
But some programs don't ask this and places an icon on the second user desktop and then when this icon is clicked it asks for the administrator password.

I thought this was to install the program but it is not the password is just needed to run the program not install it.

But I want to hide any program icons I don't want the second user to use, if the second user does not see the desktop icons they will not try and run them
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03 Jan 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sam,

In Windows, there's two desktops.

One is the current user's desktop at: C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop

The other is the public desktop shared by all users at the hidden folder: C:\Users\Public\Desktop

When this happens, you could remove (cut) the shortcut from the public desktop, and copy it only on the user desktops that you want to have a shortcut of it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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03 Jan 2014   #5
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

ok thanks I will give that a try
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03 Jan 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sam49 View Post
Hi sorry I have mislead you when I install some programs it asks if this program is for all users and those programs run ok.
But some programs don't ask this and places an icon on the second user desktop and then when this icon is clicked it asks for the administrator password.

I thought this was to install the program but it is not the password is just needed to run the program not install it.

But I want to hide any program icons I don't want the second user to use, if the second user does not see the desktop icons they will not try and run them
If the password is UAC to elevate the permissions.... all users have this problem. Even administrators! Is that the case? Only built-in user adminstrator has admin rights by default.
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03 Jan 2014   #7
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Sam,

In Windows, there's two desktops.

One is the current user's desktop at: C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop

The other is the public desktop shared by all users at the hidden folder: C:\Users\Public\Desktop

When this happens, you could remove (cut) the shortcut from the public desktop, and copy it only on the user desktops that you want to have a shortcut of it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks a lot the above advice works brilliant
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