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No More Desktop Shortcuts
How to keep your Windows desktop free of automatically added shortcuts with node.js.
I like having a clean desktop. Whenever I install a new application on my Windows computer, I always uncheck the "Create a Desktop Shortcut" checkbox.
Unfortunately, if you install an app on Windows for "All Users" and you select to not have a shortcut show up on your desktop, some apps will still install a shortcut on the CommonDesktopDirectory, which is a place where all users can see shortcuts (
C:\Users\Public\Desktop). Or, the app will create a shortcut in that CommonDesktopDirectory when it upgrades, which is what was happening to me.
This can get annoying. Let's do something about it.