I’ve recently installed a few more programs on my Windows 8 computer, and during the install the program has placed icons on my desktop. I’ve been unable to delete them to tidy up my desktop. When I try to delete them, they just don’t go away. I got tired of it and today finally figured out how to delete them.
When I installed the programs they asked me if I wanted to install them for All Users or just me – I always install them for all users, so this is the option I selected.
To delete the icons here’s what I did.
- Start a Command Prompt as Administrator
- Change Directory to the C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder (using CD \Users\Public\Desktop command)
- Use DIR to locate the icon you want to delete
- Use DEL iconidontwant.*
- It’s gone
This process also works on Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 / 8.1. Hope that helps.