Solved Can't delete desktop icons without admin permission

Dell LATITUDE D630
April 19, 2015 at 13:37:08
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, IIntel quad core 2.8 GH, 8 GH RAM
I'm moving my Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit platform to a new computer. On the old machine, I almost never had to log on as administrator because I could perform any system-altering operation by entering the admin psswrd at the UAC prompt. At the same time, I had total control of the environment in my user account, being able to customize my desktop and start menu at will. I can't remember what I did originally on the old machine to set all that up, but I'm having problems on the new one. I managed to enable customizing my start menu (creating new folders, etc.) by making sure that any instance of "start menu" I could find on the computer was shared, but while I can delete icons from my desktop that I created, I am unable to delete any that have been put there by program installations without a UAC prompt. Right-clicking the Public folder and choosing "share with" produces only the "advanced sharing settings" dialogue and editing those settings seems to do nothing at all. Also, I don't see any relevant entries in Group Policy Editor. I need read/write privileges for that folder! I've always appreciated the security provided by UAC, but this is not a security issue. Anybody have a solution?

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April 25, 2015 at 00:34:18
For anyone interested, it turns out that, in my case at least, the solution was "don't use Windows Easy Transfer". I had done a lot of customizing of my old platform, involving a lot of editing of permissions. WET doesn't transfer permissions and only part of those customizations, in such a way that I think I wound up with sort of a corrupted mess. Since it doesn't transfer permissions and you need to reinstall all your programs anyway, I don't think there's much point in using it. It's not difficult to re-establish accounts manually and desktop preferences by exporting theme packs. Once I started customizing my third attempt at a fresh install, this time without WET, I had no problem at all setting up the proper permissions. Folder editing now works as it should.


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April 19, 2015 at 23:08:03
I never get any UAC prompt on any of my three computers.
All you need to do is properly adjust the UAC slider.

Control Panel --> User Accounts --> Change UAC Settings

Pull the slider all the way down to the bottom **
Click 'OK'.
Job done.

** Only do this if have you have a good third-party firewall installed (which I have, one of the strongest you can get).

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April 19, 2015 at 23:34:20
As I've said, I appreciate the security provided by UAC. On my old machine, the slider is set all the way to the top, and I've never minded needing to enter a password for operations that can make changes at a system level. If you're going to basically give the user administrative privileges my moving that slider all the way down, there's really not much point in setting up a user account. All I want to do is have the ability to arrange things on my desktop and delete anything I want at any time. I know that the reason I'm presently not able to do that on the new computer is not a "security" issue, but that some of the items on "my" desktop are on the desktop in the public folder, which prevents me from making changes that would affect other users (even though I am both the administrator and the only user) . I need read/write privileges for that folder from my user account and I need to know how to get those privileges. I just can't remember how I did it originally on the old computer.

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April 22, 2015 at 12:47:05
I haven't exactly solved the problem but I've isolated it somewhat. For some reason, I'm unable to enable sharing or transfer ownership for some folders, even logged in as administrator. I think that in the process of setting up the computer, I've managed to get it corrupted, and to make it ever more frustrating, I backed it up after it got screwed up. I'm beginning to see more clearly how I initially set things up on the old computer so my "solution", at this point, is to re-install windows and start over. This time, I'll be more careful and thorough in using Windows Easy Transfer and I'll make frequent backups. If I come up with a true solution, I'll probably post back here for the possible benefit of others. Thanks.


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April 25, 2015 at 00:34:18
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For anyone interested, it turns out that, in my case at least, the solution was "don't use Windows Easy Transfer". I had done a lot of customizing of my old platform, involving a lot of editing of permissions. WET doesn't transfer permissions and only part of those customizations, in such a way that I think I wound up with sort of a corrupted mess. Since it doesn't transfer permissions and you need to reinstall all your programs anyway, I don't think there's much point in using it. It's not difficult to re-establish accounts manually and desktop preferences by exporting theme packs. Once I started customizing my third attempt at a fresh install, this time without WET, I had no problem at all setting up the proper permissions. Folder editing now works as it should.

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June 24, 2015 at 15:58:16
nice one that is good.

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