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    All Users Folder?

    Where is the All Users folder in W7? I need to put some links in the equivalent of the XP All Users>Desktop folder.

    Can I add a Desktop folder in C:\program data\microsoft\windows?

    Or what?

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    Would it be: C:\Users\Public\Desktop ? the only other one is the "Default" one

    EDIT: ah http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...2-87a0140ade37

    EDIT2: seems that is onlythe start menu, damn this is actually quite strange *shakes fist at microsoft*
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    Haven't got a Win 7 box in front of me but if you right click on the start button it may still have an Open/Explorer all users option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Would it be: C:\Users\Public\Desktop ? the only other one is the "Default" one

    EDIT: ah Standard User Account Start > All programs Menu differant to Admin

    EDIT2: seems that is onlythe start menu, damn this is actually quite strange *shakes fist at microsoft*
    Tell me about it!

    This only cropped up yesterday when a user asked me to put a shortcut on the desktop for every user; no problem said I........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number6 View Post
    Tell me about it!

    This only cropped up yesterday when a user asked me to put a shortcut on the desktop for every user; no problem said I........
    Can you not setup a redirection policy for the desktops? or do they have the same issue as the start menus (very slow to load)?

    A few areas on the net state C:\Users\Public\Desktop (hidden folder) though that was for windows vista, assume its the same in 7 though
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    On our win 7 (On CC4)
    Shared desktop = C:\ProgramData\Shared Desktop
    Shared start menu = C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Can you not setup a redirection policy for the desktops? or do they have the same issue as the start menus (very slow to load)?

    A few areas on the net state C:\Users\Public\Desktop (hidden folder) though that was for windows vista, assume its the same in 7 though
    I don't really want to set up a redirect for the desktop, some users, despite admonishments, continue to put large files on the desktop and these cause slow logons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imullings View Post
    On our win 7 (On CC4)
    Shared desktop = C:\ProgramData\Shared Desktop
    Shared start menu = C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

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    The start menu is fine, we have that and I can see that it works.

    We don't have a Shared Desktop folder though, can I just create it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number6 View Post
    I don't really want to set up a redirect for the desktop, some users, despite admonishments, continue to put large files on the desktop and these cause slow logons.
    Surely that would stop the slow logons though? The point of redirections is that you specify parts of the profile that dont have to be copied down on logon

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Surely that would stop the slow logons though? The point of redirections is that you specify parts of the profile that dont have to be copied down on logon
    If the desktop is redirected then it, and any files stored on the desktop get copied to and from the server at each logon.... don't they?

    Anyway, whatever the result of using folder redirection I need to be able to put links into the all users>desktop folder so that any user logging onto a particular PC has the same shortcuts.

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    It is C:\Users\Public\Desktop, just like in Vista. The folder is hidden, so you won't see it immediately, plus when you navigate to it the folder name in the address bar changes to 'Public Desktop'. I just created a text file there and it appears on my desktop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Number6 View Post
    If the desktop is redirected then it, and any files stored on the desktop get copied to and from the server at each logon.... don't they?
    No, if the the folder is redirected, the computer will never make copies (except using Offline Files, if configured). It simply uses the redirected location directly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    It is C:\Users\Public\Desktop, just like in Vista. The folder is hidden, so you won't see it immediately, plus when you navigate to it the folder name in the address bar changes to 'Public Desktop'. I just created a text file there and it appears on my desktop.



    No, if the the folder is redirected, the computer will never make copies (except using Offline Files, if configured). It simply uses the redirected location directly.
    Thank you, for both answers.

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    Hi

    You need to stop users saving things to the desktop. I would redirect it with a read only permission on.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricki View Post
    Hi

    You need to stop users saving things to the desktop. I would redirect it with a read only permission on.

    Richard
    Why do you say that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number6 View Post
    Why do you say that?
    If you create a read only redirect you can dictate what the users see the on the desktop for every machine and they can't add loads of files which will only end up extending the login times.

    For example our read only desktop here i have shortcuts to office programs, specific shares and that's it, a total of 12 icons for the teachers and 7 for the students, and nothing else goes on the desktop but that.

    If you have multiple subnets with DCs for each subnets you could also be extra fancy and have it hosted on a DFS share so that users pull up the start menu and desktop from their local DC, which saves a bit on loading times and network traffic.

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