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    Control of desktop icons

    In Windows XP, if I wanted an icon (installed by a program) to appear on my desktop but not one other user's desktop, I could accomplish that as an administrator. I would navigate through the Start button (right click) to C:\Documents and Settings. Then go to the target user's profile / Start Menu / Programs and delete any shortcuts I didn't want to display on their desktop.

    How do you do that in Windows 7? My wife absolutely does not want to see all of my game icons that I display for myself and my grandkids.

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    DH,

    This is the location for your desktop: C:\Users\{USERID}\Desktop
    This is the location for the Group desktop: C:\Users\Public\Desktop

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    dhweiss, Welcome to the lounge. It's always nice to see new faces, or more appropriately more viewpoints.

    Or you could simply sign onto your wife's desktop, right click the shortcuts and choose Delete.
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    Didn't work

    Thanks RG and Ted. RG, I went to that "...desktop" location but the icon was not there. Ted, when I delete the icon from the wife's desktop, it was deleted from all other desktops. I think the trouble with this game is that it is vintage 2003 (XP era) and when it didn't find "Documents and Settings", it just plopped them on the desktop any way it could.

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    DH,

    Check out this Wikipedia entry.
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    You should be able to find the shortcut in the start menu and copy it to your desktop. This may place it on your desktop without putting it on your wife's desktop. A reinstall of the game may possibly have an option to install on all users or just your desktop???
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    I took Ted's suggestion one step further. I COPYed the game shortcut on my desktop, PASTEd it right back on, and DELETEd the original one. This cleared it from my wife's desktop. I will need to do this with the grandkids desktop as well, but PROBLEM SOLVED. Thanks to all for the responses. By the way, I grabbed a copy of the "User Profiles" document. It may come in handy later. However, I did not find the "appdata", "programdata", or "public/desktop" directories on my machine. I am running Win 7 Pro. This may be the reason.

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    To see the appdata and other hidden folders, you need to go to Control panel > Folder Options > View Tab and set the show hidden files and folders tab.

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