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Windows 7: Remove User Desktop?

24 Mar 2010   #1
MoneyAddyct

7 64-bit
 
 
Remove User Desktop?

I bought a brand-new laptop today with 64-bit 7. I enabled a true Administrator account named "Justin" and deleted the other account that was originally created when I booted-up. Here's my question: Under Computer, if I click on "Desktop" in the left-hand pane (under 'Favorites'), it lists several icons, some of which are not actually on the desktop, like "Control Panel," "HomeGroup," and "Justin" (listed as a System Folder.) If I click on "Justin" there's another folder that says "Desktop" that has only one file in it. What going's on here exactly? And what can I do to fix-it? I want one desktop area only.

It reminds me of the hidden 'Public Desktop' folder in Vista that programs would occasionally put icons in and doing so would cause them not to be appropriately sorted by name on the actual desktop.

Thanks!


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24 Mar 2010   #2
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoneyAddyct View Post
What going's on here exactly? And what can I do to fix-it? I want one desktop area only.
Hi.

Just delete it, then replace any icons that may be removed from your desktop in the process.
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24 Mar 2010   #3
MoneyAddyct

7 64-bit
 
 

Hey, I deleted the Desktop folder and it came back.

Now I have

C:\Users\Administrator - empty folder

C:\Users\Administrator.Justin-PC\Desktop - two icons

C:\Users\Public\Public Dekstop - 3 icons

What can I do to consolidate and delete the extra desktop folders? Thanks!
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27 Mar 2010   #4
MoneyAddyct

7 64-bit
 
 

Anyone?
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27 Mar 2010   #5
StealthyBoss

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit and 64 bit
 
 

ummm right click desktop, personalise, change desktop icons then untick wat you dont want, sorry for typing (on phone)
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27 Mar 2010   #6
MoneyAddyct

7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for your response but it did not help with my particular issue.
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27 Mar 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I do not believe that you can use JUST the hidden admin account.
You would be far better off disabling it and using a regular administrator account.

That should fix your issue.

~Lordbob
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28 Mar 2010   #8
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

You can try the following tutorial How to Add or Remove your User Folder from the Windows 7 Navigation Pane.

The end of the page also lists related tutorials on how to customize the Navigation Pane further.

It's important to realize that "Desktop" appearing on top of things in the Navigation Pane is just a link. The actual folder is located in your user tree, e.g. C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop. If you are not sure what is the file that you see under Justin, just look in its properties to make sure that this is the actual folder and not a link and then what kind of folder that is.

I also agree with Lordbob - using the usually hidden administrator account is not a good idea.
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28 Mar 2010   #9
MoneyAddyct

7 64-bit
 
 

Just for edification's sake, what's wrong with using the hidden administrator account?
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28 Mar 2010   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Should you get a virus, the malware will have access not just to all of your files, but all of the system files as well, almost without any blocking.

Same if someone should log in as you and mess it up.

~Lordbob
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