Solved How do I remove Win 7 desktop shortcuts from other users?

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
October 12, 2013 at 15:04:32
Specs: Windows 7, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
I'm a fairly new Win 7 user and I'm running into an issue.

There are 2 users on my system. I am the only one that downloads and installs applications, SWMBO just uses the computer under her own account. She is a very basic user: web browsing, email, etc.

Whenever I install an application and allow it to add a desktop shortcut, it adds a shortcut on her desktop also. When I log into her account and try to delete the shortcut, it first asks for my admin password, then when it deletes the shortcut, it deletes the shortcut from my desktop also.

Question 1:

How can I setup the system so that each user is separate from the other so that a change to one desktop doesn't impact the other?

Question 2:

Is there a way for me to install applications only under my account and not have them available to any other users?

Thanks!

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#1
October 12, 2013 at 15:24:59
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Some programs will ask if you want to install the software for all users or a single user, in this case you can tell it to install for just you. This doesn't actually keep the other users from using it, it just puts the shortcuts to the program in your profile only.

If you don't get this option, you can remove the shortcuts from all users and put them in your profile, here's how: Launch Windows Explorer and go to Users, Public, Public Desktop, and look for the program's icon. Right click on it and select Cut. Then back out to the Users folder again and go to your folder. Open it up, then open up your desktop folder. Right click in it and select Paste. This will move the icons so they show up on your desktop only.


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October 12, 2013 at 18:35:40
Thanks. I'll look into the Public Desktop when I'm back at that system.

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