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My work computer has lots of default installed programs with annoying desktop shortcuts. I want to hide some (or all) public shortcuts (from C:\Users\Public\Desktop) without administrative privileges. Is it possible?

Any alternatives are valid, as long as those icons disappear.

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You may be able to get part of the aesthetic effect that you want simply by dragging them to the other side/corner of the screen. (This may be especially effective if you happen to have multiple monitors.) – Scott May 14 '13 at 16:56

You can't, unless you find the administrator password. Even a 3rd part program, that manage icons, need higher privileges.

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Are you sure? Because if you browse C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop public files don't appear, which seems to me that they're not connected. – esauvisky May 14 '13 at 17:01
@esauvisky - what do you mean exactly with "public files don't appear"? – Lamberto Basti May 14 '13 at 17:05
I mean that the files from C:\Users\Public\Desktop don't appear at C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop, so a 3rd part program could just ignore them. – esauvisky May 14 '13 at 17:09
The links on a desktop user are not related between them. Public is just another user, which have all of his personal documents shared (which means that those documents don't need a specific privilege for being read/wrote). The icons on your desktop are there because when the programs have been installed, it has been created a registry key that create those icons on future users and on existing ones (including Public) – Lamberto Basti May 14 '13 at 17:55
I think that thing about registry keys is wrong. Could you provide some source? From my understanding, when programs are installed for all users (as admin), they create shortcuts on C:\Users\Public\Desktop so they appear on each user's desktop. – esauvisky May 14 '13 at 18:17

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