I have created a msi that will install a shortcut that must be on the desktop at all times. I have included a custom action that creates a scheduled task to check for the existence and if not found will reinstall it. This will run every 15 minutes. I would prefer to have this shortcut not be able to be deleted by any user on the device rather than have the task run.
Does anyone know a way to make this shortcut stick and not be deleted? I have played around with permission on the .lnk file but so far I can still delete it.
Thanks for any ideas!
Hi @eimhoff -
You can move the shortcuts from the individual user's Desktop folder to the Public Desktop folder.
I tried this with just creating a shortcut to the Windows Calculator, then I moved it to C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder. While logged into my machine as a standard user, when I choose to delete the shortcut it requires that the user have Administrative privileges' before they can complete the procedure:
In the InstallShield Editor within AdminStudio, you can open your MSI project or MST (transform) project, go to (1) Shortcuts and then right-click (2) on the Shortcuts top root node in the middle frame, and under Show Folder choose (3) [ALLUSERSPROFILE]. Then, create a new directory called "Desktop" underneath that folder and put the shortcut there. like I've done with Notepad++:
With the shortcut under this Public Desktop folder, when it gets installed it shows up under C:\Users\Public\Desktop:
This leads to the shortcut residing on the Public Desktop directory, which will block any user without admin privileges' to be able to delete it successfully.
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