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How can I allow users to delete shortcuts from Public Desktop- permissions disappear.

On Windows 10, I want to allow users to delete shortcuts from the Public Desktop folder. I have tried adding the Modify permission for Users on this folder and that works great but only for a while. Somehow after a short while the permission disappears. Why is this happening? Is there another method I can use to allow users to delete the icons?

I have a feeling the permissions are resetting because 'Public Desktop' is some sort of special folder.

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TeemoTang-MSFT answered ·

Try to add everyone into Security tab, give everyone full control permission, OK.
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Test again.
About your concern, the permission of public desktop folder does will be reset regularly, in order to workaround this situation, make a scheduled task to apply at startup that resets the permissions.

icacls c:\users\public\desktop /grant Everyone:(CI)(F) /t /l /q
Apply the task at system startup and give it some kind of administrator credentials.
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https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/54ea0855-1a29-4567-8127-43a92f710e03/cuserspublicdesktop-file-permissions-resetting?forum=win10itprosecurity


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David-2733 answered ·

Why is it resetting regularly?

Thanks for your suggestion but creating a scheduled task just isnt practical for me to do on hundreds of machines and seems like a bodge rather than a solution.

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Because this Public desktop folder is special, the content in this folder will display on the every users and new users’ desktops, its content will influence everyone. Except Administrators, other users(standard users) shouldn’t have permission to influence every other users, so its permission will be reset after a while, it is by design, you have found out this point.
I understand the difficulty of you, maybe you could create a startup script for all of your hundreds of machines.

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Would you mind letting me know the update of the problem? If you need further assistance, feel free to let me know.

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It should be up to the Administrator whether to give users permission to make changes to it. NOT Microsoft.

I will create a script, due to this poor design.

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