Group Policy to create Software shortcut

Eaven HUANG 2,156 Reputation points

Dear experts,

I need to create software shortcut for all user desktop. The software has been installed on the computers but it didn't create shortcut on desktop.
How can I do that? I can see the shortcut was placed under %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\

Please don't share the link how to create shortcut for URL, I need to create shortcut for the software installed on local computer.
Thanks a lot!

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,506 Reputation points

    Hello @Eaven HUANG

    Just remember that You can only push shortcuts to the desktop using the Group Policy Management Console on a Windows domain. You can't create desktop shortcuts using the local Group Policy Editor on a Windows system that isn't on a domain.

    Press "Windows-R," type "Gpmc.msc" into the Run and press "Enter."
    Click "Yes" to the User Account Control prompt if one appears.
    Right-click the group policy object you want to modify and click "Edit."
    Navigate to the Computer Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Shortcuts folder in the left pane of the Group Policy Editor window.
    Right-click the Shortcuts folder, click "New" and click "Shortcut."
    Click the "Action" box and click "Create."
    Type a name for the shortcut into the Name field.
    Click the "Target Type" box and click "File System Object" if it's a shortcut to a file, "URL" if it's a Web link or "Shell Object" if it's another type of shortcut, such as a shortcut to a printer or computer.
    Click the "Location" box and click "All Users Desktop."
    Type the destination for the shortcut into the "Target Path," "Target URL" or "Target Object" box. A different box appears depending on which target type you selected. For example, type "C:\Example.exe"
    Click the "..." button to the right of "Icon File Path," browse to an icon file for the shortcut and double-click it.
    Click "OK."

    Hope this helps with your query!

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