Running Windows 7 Ultimate. I have looked and don't find a group policy setting to prevent a standard user from deleting and/or changing desktop shortcuts...any ideas?
If you do not want the user to be able to delete or modify icons you can put them on the public desktop,
then ensure your users can only read / traverse / execute but not modify, delete or create to that directory.
That is the users desktop, and they can always (and should always be able to modify most things there.