"Robin Bignall" wrote in message news:[email protected]
does not work. In Users, firstly there is no \desktop in
\Public. I suppose I could create one, but that's not the point. Second,
in \Wife, there is only one shortcut in the \Desktop folder -- the one I
made for her. All of my software is in shortcuts in my \Desktop, but
when I log on as her, they all appear on her desktop screen rather than
being private to me.
That's because the locations for the shortcuts noted earlier don't reside in those location for programs installed for all users of
Those shortcuts reside in
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and its subfolders
If you delete them from this location without first copying them to the respective user's Start Menu\Programs folder then you will
delete them for **all** users of the pc.
i.e. you need to properly copy the respective shortcuts/folders to each users Start Menu/Programs folder/subfolders to achieve
your desired objective.
C:\Users\<Windows Logon Profile name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Users\<**her** Windows Logon Profile name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
for both of you (**important**)
Leave them in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and its subfolders
Once done then the 'you/hers' specific shortcuts in the ProgramData\....\Programs folders and subfolders can be backed up for
safekeeping and then deleted...but caution is warranted if deleting...installed programs wrote these locations to the registry thus
uninstalling a program may look for those shortcuts and not find them.
In the future, you may also find that not all programs abide by installing 'Run' shortcuts to the desired User Profile's Start Menu
folder and will continue to install into the ProgramData\...\Programs folders and subfolders.
You can achieve your objective but you'll have to do it properly, with caution, and an understanding of the impact.