we need to copy down shortcuts and/or redirect the c:\users\public\public desktop folder in win7. we have used folder redirect for desktop pointed to a shared desktop secured by ntfs perms. under this scheme staff can not save any icons to the desktop. have tried using gpo preferences can not change regedit settings; students do not have admin rights on pc. have tried using runas.exe; have tried using autohotkey to run as; no luck so far. thanks for your input.