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Callum_Dawson

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On my mandatory profiles, there are some desktop icons which aren't added via the server share, but by the local computer's installed programs. How would I go about removing these unwanted icons?
 
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Depends a bit on your operating system, but you basically need to delete those shortcuts from the "All Users" Desktop Folder.

In XP, the path is typically:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop

In Win 7, I think it's the same, but replace "Documents and Settings" with "Users", I think.
 

Callum_Dawson

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Sorry, forgot to mention I was using Windows 7. Your post worked, thanks.

Is there any way to automatically clean out the icons in group policy?
 
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I don't know off the top of my head if there is a built in setting for it, or where it would be, and I'm not working in a server environment today, so I don't have anyway of looking.

One workaround would be to use a logon script to clean all shortcut files out of the All Users Desktop folder at logon. Certainly not an ideal solution, as I think it would probably load the shortcuts for the first logon at each machine, but then the shortcuts should be gone the next time a user logs into that machine. However, depending on how/what your profiles sync, that first user who logs on could end up with those "All User" shortcuts syncing to their profiles. Interesting question, I wish I had a system here that I could test it on (that used to drive me nuts when I was a very under-skilled Network Administrator).
 
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