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{Advice Offered} - Putting shortcuts in to a profile

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by anton37, Nov 15, 2000.

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  1. anton37

    anton37 Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2000
    We have a about 30 NT 4.0 workstations in a network at a school I help to administer that students log on to using the same student profile. The PDC is called teachsrv and the BDC is called timsrv. The domain is called teach. Teachsrv and Timsrv are NT 4.0 servers. There are software programs on all workstations that I would like a shortcut to point to from the students desktop. The path on each and every workstation to a particular program is exactly the same.
    So I log on to one of the workstations as administrator and go to the .exe for one of the programs and copy it, then paste it to the desktop as a shortcut, then copy the shortcut to a floppy disk.
    I then go to the PDC, find the profile folder, open up the desktop folder and copy the shortcut from the floppy.
    I then go to one of the workstations and log on using a student account and the shortcut is there BUT when I try to open it up I get an error box that says "The username and password cannot be found for the share \\comp016\C$\Program Files\....."
    comp016 is the name of the computer on the network that I got the shortcut from.
    I think this is something to do with shares but don't yet know anything about them.
    Has anybody got any ideas where I am going wrong and what I have to do with shares to make this shortcut work?
  2. rawmeat


    May 17, 1999
    The shortcut has used the UNC name of the computer to show the path. Check the properties of the shortcut. If the path is c:\etc. then you are out of luck with this method. If the path is \\comp016\etc., then replace \\comp016 with c:\. Then you can copy the shortcut to all PCs successfully. The place to put the shortcut is under the All Users profile desktop folder (although, since all users login with the same username, you can put under that profile). You could also create a roaming profile for that username that is mandatory and configure the shortcut there.
  3. Reuel Miller

    Reuel Miller

    Feb 17, 1999

    Login as the student user, create the shortcut, and then add that shortcut to the profile


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