[Win7]  Can't Delete Shortcut from Desktop

Posted on 2014-07-20
Last Modified: 2014-07-20
O/S:           Windows 7, SPK 1

I have two Users on this machine:
(1) User1  - admin
(2) User2  

On User2's Desktop there's a shortcut that should be removed. (It's a shortcut to a program, that User2 does not use).

I login as User2.
I rightclick the icon and press Delete.
I get the following message:  "You require permission from Administrators to make changes to this file".

I logoff and login as User1.
In the hope of deleting it, I navigate to \C:\Users\User2\Desktop\   , using WindowsExplorer.        
However, I'm surprised to find that this particular shortcut is not present in the Desktop folder.

Any suggestions how to get rid of the shortcut?

Question by:CE101
    LVL 23

    Assisted Solution

    I'm wondering if the file is hidden on the User1 side.

    Plan B,    Set User2 as Admin temporarily, then try deleting from the User2 account.
    LVL 14

    Accepted Solution

    Also check in C:\Users\Public\Desktop for the link.
    LVL 89

    Assisted Solution

    by:John Hurst
    Another thing you might try is opening cmd.exe with Run as Administrator, navigate to c:\user2\desktop and delete the shortcut using the DEL command. I do this to delete these kind of objects.

    Author Closing Comment

    Hi Tailoreddigital and RobMiners and JohnHurst:

    Thank you for responding.
    Rob was right.
    The shortcut was in C:\Users\Public\PublicDesktop.
    I deleted it from Public and it was automatically gone from User2.

    I'm new to Win7 (having just migrated from Win2000) so I was not aware of the PublicDesktop.

    Note:  I have awarded most of the points to Rob, because he had the simplest solution.
    However thanks again to all!
    LVL 14

    Expert Comment

    by:Rob Miners
    Your welcome :)

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