How do I delete this icon from my desktop?

By Skizye
Dec 30, 2009
  1. I'm running 64-bit Windows Vista and there is an icon on my desktop that I can't delete for some reason. It is a shortcut and I recently uninstalled the program that it goes to. When I try to delete it (or move it into a folder so I don't have to see it on my desktop) Windows gives me a message saying the file is no longer located in my desktop folder and prompts me to try again or cancel.
    I assume when I uninstalled the program (which is Civilization IV, if that matters) it deleted the shortcut as well but left the icon there to clutter up my desktop. Any ideas on how I can delete the icon from my desktop? This is really bugging me. Thanks!

    EDIT: Forgot to add when I go to the desktop folder in Windows Explorer the file isn't there but again I can see it on my desktop and am unable to delete it

    EDIT2: Now the icon is gone.. Sorry about this, it has been there all day but it's not there now. No idea how I got it to go away
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    frequently, programs will create a shortcut in

    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
    \Users\All Users\Desktop​
    which will then show up for all users under their own logins but not be 'deletable' under those logins.

    Tip: login as ADMIN, run->explorer c:\

    naviage to the All Users\Desktop
    and delete it there​
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