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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?

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If you do not want the user to be able to delete or modify icons you can put them on the public desktop,

C:\Users\Public\Desktop

then ensure your users can only read / traverse / execute but not modify, delete or create to that directory.

%userprofile%\Desktop

That is the users desktop, and they can always (and should always be able to modify most things there.

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