Sign up ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

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.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.