Duplicate Desktop Shortcuts
Haven't read the entire thread, but after dealing with this kind of problem on several Win-7 machines, here's how I fixed it:
**YOU SHOULD CREATE A RESTORE POINT VIA "SYSTEM RESTORE" BEFORE YOU START THIS!**
1. Create a brand new user (Via the Control Panel). Give it Admin rights, but don't give it a password (you're going to delete the user later).
2. Now change YOUR user rights to "Limited." Don't worry, you're going to change it back to "Admin" later.
3. Log out of your current user (DO NOT "SWITCH User") and log in to the new one you just created.
4. When the desktop finishes populating, if there are any duplicate shortcuts, highlight one of each and delete them one at a time. Now make a list of all of the shortcuts remaining on the desktop (write them down - I know, really old school).
5. Log out of this "new user" (DO NOT "SWITCH User!") and log back in to your regular account.
6. After the desktop finishes populating, check for duplicate shortcuts that are on the list you made. Since you're now a "limited" user, you won't be able to delete any icons that are available to "all users" (you'll get an error message when you try), so try to delete ALL of the duplicates on your desktop ONE AT A TIME! When you finish this step, there shouldn't be any duplicates left.
7. Log out of your user (DO NOT "SWITCH User!") and back "in" to the one you created in Step 1.
8. When the desktop finishes populating, Change YOUR user rights (the one you changed to "Limited" in Step 2) back to "Administrator."
9. Now log out (DO NOT "SWITCH User!")
10. Log in to your user and make sure you're an "Administrator!" If not, go back to step 7. If you are an Administrator, continue to Step 11.
11. If there are any other Windows Users that have the duplicates, you need to go back to step 2 before you move on. Sorry....
12. After you've run the process for all Windows users, delete the User you created in Step 1 (via the Control Panel --> Users). If you have an option to delete the "files" associated with that user, say "Yes".
13. Restart the computer. That should do it.
Yes, I know, it's a lot of work. But it should resolve your problem.
Hope this helps!
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