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Copying a folder to the desktop of all users (Windows 7)

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Please tell me how I can copy a folder to the desktop of all users on a Windows 7 computer.

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Right click start button.
Select Open Windows Explore.
Select the Local Disk (C) by clicking the + sign.
Select the Users folder by clicking the + sign.
Select All Users and then select Desktop.
If access is denied you need to log on with an account that has Administrative privileges.
Now you simply locate, copy and paste the desired file(s), etc. into the All Users/Desktop folder.


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I don't have the "All users" folder
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I would recommend using Public Folders. You can copy (or move) the folder you want everyone to have access to into the following location: C:\Users\Public\Documents. Then on each user's desktop, you can create a shortcut that points to that folder. This way you can make changes to the files in that shared folder and all the users will have access to the changes.

If you do not want to use Public Folders, or each user needs their own unique version of this folder, you can manually copy the folder from a Local Administrator account to each user's desktop folder, which is located at: C:\Users\[username]\Desktop. Repeat the Copy/Paste for each user account.
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I'm using 7 Pro. The path on my system shows as: C:\Users\All Users\Desktop
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Actually instead of using the second method I described, you can use the Public Desktop folder, which is located at C:\Users\Public\Desktop. I believe this took the place of "All Users" in Windows 7.
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With the Public Desktop, each user won't have a unique copy of the files right?
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Not sure why he's not seeing All Users. But the Public folder is an option as mentioned.
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dshrenik - Correct. The "Public Desktop" would pretty much be the same as the "Public Documents" option I mentioned now that I think about it. If you need each user to have their own unique version of the folder, then copying it into their Desktop file individually would probably be necessary.

dstewartjr - Wouldn't Group Policy only be for domains? I didn't read the entire article you linked, but it seemed to be talking about having at least a server running to distribute the policies.
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@nick-pecoraro

There is no mention of a Domain not being used
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C:\Users\Default\Desktop is another place to copy the files to.
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