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I'm putting shortcuts into the All User folder, and the Administrator of the PC can see it, but the AD user can't. Is there some setting I'm missing or what?

Using Server 2012 Datacenter R2 and Win 7 PCs.

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    You're targeting C:\Users\Public and not C:\Documents and Settings\All Users, right? – Mathias R. Jessen Oct 1 '14 at 12:44
  • Shortcut %CommonStartMenuDir%\Chrome Target: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe Yes, I am using 32bit because some of this is older hardware I'm dealing with, and 32bit is fairly universal – TechHeadDJ Oct 1 '14 at 12:50
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Please understand that %CommonStartMenuDir% is not a regular environment variable, but only works in the context of applying Group Policy Preferences.

So the target computer cannot resolve this variable on its own, but relies on the Group Policy Preferences Client Side Extension for Windows.

According to the documentation, the GPP CSE is included with Windows 7 and up, but I've talked to multiple desktop professionals who reported that Windows 7 32-bit Edition did not have the GPP CSE by default, and required them to install at least Service Pack 1 for Windows 7.

This might be your problem

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  • Ok, I could have sworn SP1 was installed, even showed up. Went to Windows Updates, lo and behold, SP1 was in the updates. Will return with a yay or nay on if it worked. Popular opinion of the 'net is it will, but the fire is here, now for the trial. – TechHeadDJ Oct 1 '14 at 13:38

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