We have dozens of machines and I've seen that with the desktop cleanup feature but folk must answer it's OK. There are folk that claim it does it without asking but we've never had it happen.
I recently upgraded three of my wife's office computers from XP pro to Win 7 Pro. About a week after I did the upgrade, all 5 icons that I placed on each desktop that Linked to our file server (also Win 7 Pro) were deleted by Windows 7.
Apparently this is a "feature" of Win 7 that if you have multiple icons that link to another computer that aren't available at a given moment, the icons get deleted...WITHOUT ASKING IF IT IS OK TO DO SO. These links were not broken links, the file server was temporarily off line for OS updates. The MS "quick fix" for this "feature" is "not available" for my OS version according to the MS website.
My question is: is there a way to disable this feature without hacking the registry?