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[Solved] Question About Vista Desktop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Chaosheavens, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Chaosheavens

    Chaosheavens Registered Members

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    Hi all,
    Currently I am using a shared household computer that has vista, personally I hate it, but take what you can get. Now, when I log into my account and delete and icon off my desktop, it removes it from all the other users desktops as well. At first we thought it might be because we left the other account logged in, but after logging all other accounts out it still does this. Is there a way to stop this from happening?
     
  2. Plastic Nev

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    Hi, is this just a delete of an icon, or the complete uninstall of a program the icon belongs to?

    If uninstalling a program that is common to all users, then the icon will disappear. Each account should install the program to their own account to prevent that. What you may have to remember also is that being more than one install of the same program, even though on the same computer, it may be outside of license terms because each user and account is a separate entity. Check with the company who made it to be sure.

    Nev.
     
  3. allheart55 (Cindy E)

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    When you delete the shortcut from the desktop of an Administrator account, it will automatically
    remove the shortcut from all Standard user accounts. The only way to prevent this from happening
    is to change the Standard users to Admin. users. (For security and safety reasons, I don't recommend
    doing this.)
     
  4. Chaosheavens

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    It's just deleting the icon/shortcut on the desktop it's self.

    We have the computer set up to were all accounts on it are administrators, simply so we don't have to keep asking a person for there pass or to enter it when we install a program/need to access a specific file or w/e.
     
  5. Tony D

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    If the shortcut is in the "All Users" desktop folder, it will show up on the desktop of every user. If it is deleted from the desktop of any user, it'll get deleted from all the user's desktops. To avoid this, navigate the the All Users account and open the desktop. Find the shortcut and copy it to the desktop folder of each other user. Then delete it from the All Users account.
     
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    Ah i see, I had no idea there was an all users folder, thanks for the info.
     
  7. Chaosheavens

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    I can't seem to find this folder that you are talking about...I'm looking under the file path "C:\Users" am I looking in the wrong area?
     
  8. Tony D

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    Path looks right. C:\Usesrs\All Users\Desktop.

    I don't have a Vista machine, but looking at my Windows 7 machine, that Desktop shortcut is locked. I have to look into that.
     
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    Well, I can get to C:\Users\All Users but when I add Desktop to the file path it shows this:
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Tony D

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    Looks like MS made a change in Vista which carried over to W7 and maybe W8.

    Try looking in C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop.
     
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    Ah thank you Dragnet, that took some hunting. Turned out in the end that the file was in C:\Users\Public\ but it was a hidden one, thankfully I turned on "show hidden folders" before saying that I couldn't find it again! Lol
     
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    Excellent work. I should have mentioned that it may be hidden. You figured it out. I'll know better for next time.
     

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