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Windows 7: How do I stop desktop icons being deleted between users

18 Jul 2015   #1
Blazemaster

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
How do I stop desktop icons being deleted between users

So whenever any user on my pc deletes a shortcut, the other users lose it as well. I don't know if the desktops are somehow synced between the users, but is there anyway to fix this other than deleting the icons and then re-adding them for each user that wants it, and is there any other such between-user syncing I should be aware of?


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18 Jul 2015   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The between user syncing is "Public" in the Users directory. Of course that is why it is getting deleted by the other users.
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18 Jul 2015   #3
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

See if the icons are shown in
C:\Users\Public\Desktop

It could be these programs are installed for all users.
To avoid changes by one user propagating to another you will likely need to install just for that user.
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18 Jul 2015   #4
Blazemaster

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
See if the icons are shown in
C:\Users\Public\Desktop

It could be these programs are installed for all users.
To avoid changes by one user propagating to another you will likely need to install just for that user.
Other than sample folders, public user is emtpy, there is no desktop folder
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18 Jul 2015   #5
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Blazemaster View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
See if the icons are shown in
C:\Users\Public\Desktop

It could be these programs are installed for all users.
To avoid changes by one user propagating to another you will likely need to install just for that user.
Other than sample folders, public user is emtpy, there is no desktop folder
Some of the directories under Public is hidden. In order to browse Desktop, you must type the path directly into Explorer's address bar.
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18 Jul 2015   #6
Blazemaster

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Blazemaster View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
See if the icons are shown in
C:\Users\Public\Desktop

It could be these programs are installed for all users.
To avoid changes by one user propagating to another you will likely need to install just for that user.
Other than sample folders, public user is emtpy, there is no desktop folder
Some of the directories under Public is hidden. In order to browse Desktop, you must type the path directly into Explorer's address bar.
Thanks I can now see a few icons, I'm guessing the others were there before, they're just deleted now. How in the future can I get icons to not go public?
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18 Jul 2015   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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Thanks I can now see a few icons, I'm guessing the others were there before, they're just deleted now. How in the future can I get icons to not go public?
I believe you will have to install each program in each user account. Then user a cannot delete icons on user b's desktop.
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18 Jul 2015   #8
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

You can simply copy the shortcut to each user account desktop folder from an admin account
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18 Jul 2015   #9
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Blazemaster View Post
How in the future can I get icons to not go public?
Unfortunately it's the installer's decision. Each time after installing software, you're going to have to jump into Public's Desktop directory and handle those icons manually.

You can set up permissions to deny installers from placing any thing in there. But I don't recommend it. And, mind you, you're going to have to deny yourself at the same time.
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18 Jul 2015   #10
Blazemaster

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

OK, well if there's no way to do it without manually moving each icon then the case is solved, thanks very much guys
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