Stop Chrome Browser From Creating Shortcuts at Login

Here's my situation:

At our facility we use IE exclusively due to the requirements of our EMR system. However, we have a vendor whose site now requires Chrome. I am working now to deploy Chrome for this purpose, however to mitigate issues with users using the wrong browser for the wrong application I need to stop Chrome from creating those freaking shortcuts every time someone logs on!

I have already used the "master-preferences" file to no avail, and don't seen anything in the event logs pointing me to what's happening at login to create these shortcuts. How in the world do I stop this behavior?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
we have a vendor whose site now requires Chrome This is a rather short sighted version of the world by this vendor
JHMH IT StaffAuthor Commented:
I agree, but we're noticing a trend right now where due to issues in IE11 (we're even still on 10) and the change to the Edge browser some developers are simply stopping IE support.
Anthony PangilinanDeveloperCommented:
You can try appending the following to the "distribution" section of the "master-preferences".
"do_not_create_any_shortcuts":true,"do_not_create_desktop_shortcut":true

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JHMH IT StaffAuthor Commented:
Have already attempted that...when I log in with my test user (creating a new profile each time) the desktop and taskbar shortcuts are still being created.
Anthony PangilinanDeveloperCommented:
These guys too?

"do_not_create_desktop_shortcut": true,
"do_not_create_quick_launch_shortcut": true,
"do_not_create_start_menu_shortcut": true,
"do_not_create_taskbar_shortcut": true,
"do_not_create_any_shortcuts": true

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JHMH IT StaffAuthor Commented:
Not ALL of those. Will try again tomorrow.
JHMH IT StaffAuthor Commented:
No dice. I even went the extra step of re-installing Chrome Standalone Enterprise. This time I didn't get the taskbar icon, but I ended up with TWO desktop icons.

Very frustrated right now.
Anthony PangilinanDeveloperCommented:
Dang!  From this chromium thread, it looks like the problem may not be fixable yet. https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=308899
JHMH IT StaffAuthor Commented:
I GOT IT!

1. Install the latest enterprise version of Chrome (in my case 44.0.2403.157 m)
2. The 'master_preferences' file needs the settings supplied by Anthony. (make sure to validate your file)
3. You have to delete the default desktop shortcut which gets created at install before any other users log on.

I tested this with a general user profile using User State Virtualization and with our domain admin profile which doesn't use USV; neither user created any shortcuts even after running Chrome! Previously it was happening at first login, regardless of whether Chrome was run or not.
Anthony PangilinanDeveloperCommented:
Glad you solved your problem!  And thanks for actually posting the solution instead of just something like "I fixed it."!
JHMH IT StaffAuthor Commented:
My comment contains an extra step needed for this solution to work which I discovered through trial and error.
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