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The correct environmental variable is %DesktopDir% for the current user, and %CommonDesktopDir% for all users. Group policy environmental variables are different than the standard environmental variables. You can see a list of all of them by pressing F3 in any text field:


There is common desktop that you can use to populate files, shortcuts, etc for all users. Change your target to C:\Users\Public\Desktop. Unfortunately, the only all userprofile variable is %allusersprofile% in my environment it points to c:\programdata which is not useful.

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