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I'm attempting to copy a URL link for our companies library system onto all users workstation desktops. I've tried creating a shortcut via Group policy: User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Shortcuts however from what I can tell, this doesn't work onto Windows 7 machines as they're common desktop directories are different. (Running Server 2008 not R2.)

I've also tried copying the shortcut from a server location to the directory C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop. However I'm running into issues as the Public Desktop folder is a hidden folder. Running a command such as

copy "\\server\folder\link.url" "c:\users\public\public desktop\" does not work as the public desktop folder is hidden, so it just returns a directory not found error.

I have also tried running robocopy \\server\folder\ "c:\users\public\public desktop" link.url This however just results in robocopy creating another non hidden folder 'Public Desktop' next the the hidden one in the 'c:\users\public' folder.

Similarly using the GPO User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Files to try and copy it in yields no result. For the same reason being the destination folder is a hidden folder.

Is there any way I can manipulate either GPO or some copy/robocopy command to place the file into the preexisting hidden folder for all our Windows 7 workstations.

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The problem isn't that it's hidden, it's that you're using the wrong path. You want to copy it to c:\users\public\desktop

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