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    Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    Hi ya all,

    I just need to do a simple thing like stop the icons moving around on the desktop as the pupils are currently sharing a re-directed desktop. But i can not do it. I am struggling to get it to work.

    How would one go about stopping pupils moving them around making a mess of the desktop?

    I found a little app called desklock which DOES do it (when physically run)and i tried to get it to run when logging in but it does not work. It has an error when looking at the classes. If this worked it would solve my problems.

    Any ideas anyone?

    As always thanks for any help. PS active desktop is enabled.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    is it REALLY that important that they have a tidy desktop? Surely turning on auto arrange and disabling right click will at least stop it looking messy, but they'll still be able to change the order.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    I suppose you are right, but the users are primary school kids and if its not in the same place then thay say they can't find it.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    desklock comes from:

    http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/

    It's an autohotkey script and the actualy script is available from that page maybe some tweaking would get it to work how you want?

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    ahhhhh now I understand. In that case why not remove all icons from the desktop except their home drive shortcut, tinternet browser, and word or whatever the most used program is and stop them saving things to the desktop. This way if they do move the order, it will still be easy to find.

    Do they all have the same login? is it AD or local login?

    If local, consider Deep Freeze which will restore the PC to its original state every time it is restarted.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    Wheyhey. I just managed to get it to run.

    Its pretty good software. i created a shortcut in the startup folder of the all users profile to point at the exe in the apps share and gave the security rights full control to that folder only and it works. The users cannot move the icons anymore.

    Perhaps not the best workaround but it will do for now...

    Thanks for pointing out the script location though plextor. Will look into it.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    I ain't a CD Writer

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    My apologies.

    Strange even though i read your name i still read it as plextor.

    Burn Baby Burn.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    Quote Originally Posted by HodgeHi
    My apologies.

    Strange even though i read your name i still read it as plextor.

    Burn Baby Burn.
    hehe I've read it as that as well, do they even exist still?

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    Yeah, Plextor are still going. They're still about three times the price of the competition too

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved around

    ive got a redirected desktop and a man profile then even if they do change it bingo log back on and its still the same also the have only got read access to the desktop share stops them adding on things they also share the same profile so if i need to make a change i change profile from man to dat log on as test account for that class profile make change log off change profile back to man and its all set to go again.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved aroun

    You give them a desktop????

    Silly person.

    Blank (empty) desktop; start button; and list programs, My Docs. etc there.

    Makes for an easy life.

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    Re: Locking down desktop icons so they cannot be moved aroun

    Does anybody on here use Winsuite on thier networks?

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