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I'm looking for a script to remove a .lnk file that was placed on every user's desktop. I installed a program on a terminal server that put a .lnk file on every user's desktop, rather than putting one shortcut in the "Public" desktop folder. I have since removed the program, but now I need a script to remove the shortcut from each user's desktop. Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

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why a script? if this is just 1 terminal server you should just be able to run:

forfiles /P c:\users /s /m shortcut.lnk /c "cmd /c del @path"

then add the shortcut back to the public desktop.

EDIT: Well that will teach me to post a command that doesn't work... Seemed like it would though... Anyway, I updated with a command that will work. You may have to run from an administrative command prompt though. NOTE (from comments on this answer): this will also delete the shortcut.lnk file anywhere under the c:\users directory structure. You can change the "del @path" to "dir @path" to make sure of the files before deleting them.

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  • That will also remove any other files with the same name anywhere in the C:\Users hierarchy. This may not be what he wants. – wfaulk May 9 '12 at 15:29
  • of course, but it may also be just fine for this purpose also :) Low-tech solutions save a lot of time over bothering to write up some logic in a script if it isn't really necessary. – August May 9 '12 at 15:44
  • Yes, but you didn't say that this would delete every file with that name. That's an important side effect. – wfaulk May 9 '12 at 15:46
  • I tried to run this command and it asked me if I wanted to also delete some unrelated files. It doesn't seem to be working.. – Jake A May 9 '12 at 15:47
  • I personally feel that this solution is a bit invasive for my tastes. The solution I offered works for only the shortcut you specify, so long as it is on the users desktop. Did my solution not work for you? – Jesse Paxson May 9 '12 at 19:09
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Maybe something like this?

for /D %%f in ("%1\*") do del "%%f\desktop\%2"

Save as a .bat and run something like this.

RemoveLnk.bat C:\Users Shortcut.lnk

This will go through C:\Users recursively and remove the specified shortcut from all users desktops.

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