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How do i transfer desktop file from user profile to another

by slayerfan231 / March 28, 2009 8:39 AM PDT

how do i transfer a desktop icon or file from one user profile to another user profile on windows vista? im trying to transfer a world of warcraft free trial icon from one user profile to another. please help.

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Here's a link I found
by FrankQC / March 28, 2009 10:30 AM PDT

"If you used the first option to install to the current account and you want
the program available for another account, your best option is to re-install
the program to the same, default location while logged on with the new

You cannot simply transfer the files, since there are hundreds of registry
keys that are created with the install." (Ronnie Vernon MVP, 2007)

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Re: icons
by Kees Bakker / March 28, 2009 9:07 PM PDT

Just copy the icon from the one desktop folder to the other using your favorite file manager (like, in XP, My Computer or Windows Explorer).

The Desktop folder path is \%USERPROFILE%\Desktop


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That would work?
by FrankQC / March 29, 2009 12:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: icons

What happens if the original source account isn't logged in? From another account you'd still be able to access them? Seeing as how the icons are just a shortcut to the main program only found in 1 user (unless changed otherwise during installation).

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Yep, that would work ...
by Kees Bakker / March 29, 2009 12:46 AM PDT
In reply to: That would work?

for all programs I know. In fact, most installs aren't so greedy as this one seems to be and put their shortcuts in the All Users profile (that's XP language) so all users can use it.

If your method was the only one, how would a user without administrative capabilities ever be able to run a non-Microsoft program? He can't do the install.


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