Hello texmame, welcome to Seven Forums!
I'm aware this isn't exactly what you're asking for; in Windows Explorer, in the account you want to add links to the programs/apps to, browse to where it is installed, Program Files or for a 64-bit OS maybe Program Files (x86) and find the "Application" and right click it and click "Create Shortcut" to place a shortcut to that prog/app on the target desktop.
Of course for a standard user account you will need to add your administrator account user credentials for the UAC prompt. Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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