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I do this all the time and it's way easier using the mklink /d command.

Just copy the directory to where you want it to go then remove the original.
Code:
[Original] C:\Users\Name\Desktop  (copy this to X:\where\you\want\it\Desktop)
[New] X;\where\you\want\it\Desktop

Then run the command:
Code:
mklink /D C:\Users\Name\Desktop X:\where\you\want\it\Desktop

I do this for Origin Games, SteamApps etc as I definitely don't want them on my SSD and there wouldn't be enough room for them anyways.

If you use the dir command later you'll see something like this to show it's a "linked" directory:
Code:
03/03/2014  10:31 AM    <SYMLINKD>     Origin Games [H:\Games\Origin Games]

Hope this helps!
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What work? Select all the folders, cut, paste, done. A lot quicker than opening properties for each and moving them one by one. It still happens doing it that way as well actually.

 
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What work? Select all the folders, cut, paste, done. A lot quicker than opening properties for each and moving them one by one. It still happens doing it that way as well actually.

 

No, you still have to go into the Location tab to tell Windows where the new folder is. So, why not just click "Yes" instead of right-click, cut and then paste? One click instead of 3. Actually, you can even use the Location tab to create the new folder too. "This folder doesn't exist. Create it now?" Why yes, Windows. Thank you. That's what I call "super service".

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Exactly. Universally compatible. Microsoft has tried to set up the defaults of Windows to be as compatible with as many different kinds of users as possible. The more universally compatible it is, the more accessible it is to everyone and the less customizing the average user has to do, like a soccer mom.

Universally compatible, with as many different kinds of users as possible.

Oh boy. (shakes head)...

TwoCables, compatibility in the world of IT/computers has nothing to do with sharing files on a computer. In another words, compatibility and sharing are not synonymous. For example, say that I am a Mac user and I email to you a file called "My Resume.webarchive". If you were to download that attachment and save it to your Win7/Win8 computer, you would NOT be able to open or view that document unless you had the appropriate software to open such filetypes. (In this case it would be something like Safari for Windows). Even if you saved it to this magical folder you keep referring to as "universally compatible",
C:\Users\Public\All Documents

....it still would not matter. You would still need Safari for Windows to open that file.


Now If I were to create a file that was created in Mac version of Word (and save it as a *.rtf file), that same file can be opened on just about any other computer regardless of the operating system including Linux. This RTF file could be stored almost anywhere on the computer and still be opened by the end user regardless of whether that person had Microsoft Word installed on their PC or not. I say almost anywhere because if you are running some flavor of Windows OS on your desktop and your account is password protected, any file that is stored under user profile would be off limits to other users (except for the administrator of course).

As I stated from the onset, the "C:\Users\Public\All Documents" folder has nothing to do with compatibility and is all about allowing users who log onto a PC to share files with each other. It's plain & simple and there's nothing more to it than that.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/12/14 at 7:27pm
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Ok, well whatever. All I really care about in this thread is what SpinnipS cares about. I'm sorry, but I'm really not interested in going in circles on something so trivial.

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Ok, well whatever. All I really care about in this thread is what SpinnipS cares about. I'm sorry, but I'm really not interested in going in circles on something so trivial.

You may think that it is trivial but there is a distinct difference between "sharing files" and "compatibility". Although the 2 can be related, they do not equal each other and should not be used interchangeably.

I what i giving you is the correct answer to the original question asked by the OP. What is the C:\Users\Public\Desktop used for?
post #17 of 22

Dude.... enough.

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Dude.... enough.

All I'm trying to do is clear up the confusion. Sorry if you took it personally.
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What confusion? I clarified what I meant and I tried to leave it at that. Then, you saw fit to correct me, as though I was wrong somehow - except, I knew what I meant. I'm the one who said it. I said that Microsoft tries to make Windows as universally compatible as possible, meaning it suits as many people as possible at the default settings. I just clarified it again. Don't tell me that I misunderstood myself. Out of the box, the average user can install Windows and enjoy it as-is (and lots and lots and lots of people do). That's my idea of trying to be universally compatible.


Edited by TwoCables - 3/12/14 at 8:13pm
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What confusion? I clarified what I meant and I tried to leave it at that. Then, you saw fit to correct me, as though I was wrong somehow - except, I knew what I meant. I'm the one who said it. I said that Microsoft tries to make Windows as universally compatible as possible, meaning it suits as many people as possible at the default settings. I just clarified it again. Don't tell me that I misunderstood myself. Out of the box, the average user can install Windows and enjoy it as-is (and lots and lots and lots of people do). That's my idea of trying to be universally compatible.

Unreal.... I'm at a loss for words on just how dense you making this out to be. I shake my head in disbelief how some people cannot understand the simple concept of sharing & compatibility - especially after I've given you clear examples of both. This will be my last post to you and after that I'm done posting to this thread.

Let's start with what the OP asked and the whole reason why I posted to this thread. The OP said that he saw the Skype shortcut on his desktop but also noticed that it was located in the following directory:
C:\Users\Public\Desktop

He said quote: "What I dont really get is why should there be a public desktop? Im a single user on this computer "

You gave him a response that was so far off the mark (universally compatible) that it made no sense whatsoever. In fact, it wasn't even close to the ballpark. I even explained to you very nicely what the Public folder is used for and you insist on being right about this telling me that it's about things such as "universally compatible".
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Microsoft has tried to set up the defaults of Windows to be as compatible with as many different kinds of users as possible.

We are not talking about compatiblity here, nor are we talking about how easy it is to use Windows out of the box. We are talking about the purpose of the folder C:\Users\Public\ exists and the concept of sharing. That Public folder doesn't have anything to do with "universally compatibility "; suits as many people as possible at the default settings or about how "lots & lots of people" enjoy Windows. In my experience of working as an IT guy (both in corporate environments and out int he field) the Public folder doesn't get used much. The vast majority of users do not know or understand why that folder exists and how they can share files with other users in that folder.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/13/14 at 7:08am
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