I use Skype on Windows 10. Skype frequently automatically installs updated versions of itself. Whenever it does such an update, it recreates a shortcut (icon) for Skype on the desktop. How do I make the desktop shortcut not reappear without disabling the updates themselves?
I am using Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit (x86_64) version. I am currently running Skype version 188.8.131.52 by Microsoft. I have Windows administrator privilages on this computer. It's hard to get more specific version information for skype, but I think this is the personal version (not the business one), and the version that is composed of a traditional windows program and a metro-style windows app. Skype was installed by a dedicated part-time sysadmin.
The machine also has what appears to be the business version of Skype installed, and may have been installed with Office 365 Business (that one is definitely installed on the machine). I believe I'm not using it: I started it once, but then requested the consumer version, because the business version doesn't let me use my pre-existing old Skype account. I don't think that's the one I'm running, and I definitely don't think it's the one that creates the desktop shortcut: the desktop program is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\Skype.exe" which is where the desktop shortcut points to, the business program is "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\lync.exe".
All the main functionalities of Skype seem to work: I can start or receive Skype voice calls, they carry voice in both directions, I can switch between different microphone and speaker devices, I can invite new Skype users, use text chat, and I can share my screen image during a voice call. (I haven't tried video chat or receiving shared screen from this computer.) Also, many people I am in contact with already use Skype. Thus, I want to continue using Skype. Although I know of alternative software I could use, please don't propose them as answers for this question.
This notebook computer is connected to the internet most of the time it's running, from behind a NAT. I use the notebook for many purposes and access other internet services besides Skype. I do not want to disable updating Skype, because that could leave security bugs open for too much. So please don't give answers that would disable the updates.
The shortcut is created on the global (not user-local) desktop, the filename is "C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Skype.lnk". I don't like desktop shortcut icons, especially not ones that installed programs create without my request. Most installers of other Windows programs ask whether to create the desktop shortcut during the installation process, and for other installers, it's enough to remove the desktop icon once and it never gets recreated. A desktop icon for Skype is also superfluous on this computer, because I have Skype set up to start on login, and rarely quit it.
Update 2019-10: it looks like this bug was fixed on Skype's side now. Delete the shortcut once, and the updater doesn't recreate it anymore.