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

25 Jul 2012   #11

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If you install software that creates shortcut for other users, too, the shortcut is by default stored in the common desktop folder shared by every user, C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop as Brink told here above.

Just move those shortcuts you do not want present on your girlfriends desktop from that public desktop folder to your own desktop folder.

Notice that in case the shortcut is stored on public desktop also the Start Menu item is stored in public folders and visible to all users. To remove these items from other users Start Menu, copy program folder from the common Start Menu Programs folder to your own. Default locations:
  • Your Start Menu Programs folder: C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • Common Start Menu Programs folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Notice that AppData and ProgramData are hidden by default.


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