Adobe Reader won't update if the ***** desktop is locked
I don't want programs randomly creating shortcuts on my desktop, so I deleted everything in C:\Users\Public\Desktop and locked that folder (if I want stuff on my desktop I put it in C:\Users<my name>\Desktop).
The problem is that now when Adobe reader tries to update, it says that the update failed because it can't create a shortcut in C:\Users\Public\Desktop. But that's just the point, I don't want it to create a shortcut there. I want it to update anyway, but without creating a shortcut.
If it can't create a desktop shortcut, it should just ignore that and update anyway. Or even better, it shouldn't create a shortcut at all (if I want a shortcut I will create one manually).
Gordon Findlayu commented
This is mentioned in several other places in the site. Seems Adobe is "Our way or the highway": I chose the highway and use FoxIt
Yes, this is extremely annoying that Adobe insists on adding a desktop shortcut every time it updates. Users have been complaining about this issue for years and Adobe has never commented or explained why they continue this intrusive practice. All they have to do is add it as an option in users settings and we would all be happy users. I am not a happy user right now! I for one am looking at other PDF programs as I am tired of haveing to delete the shortcut on multiple computers every time the force it back.
I do like your solution to keep programs from adding desktop icons, thanks for the idea.
Absolutely agree. There are quite a few apps that make a shortcut on the desktop, and a few that have a tick-box option for those who actually want a desktop shortcut. It's really a hassle keeping the desktop clean and tidy. Adobe even adds a new shortcut when upgrading. This makes Adobe very intrusive, and not at all an easy going colleague.
And having a shortcut for a pdf reader is really useless. Why would anyone want to open the app on it's own -- It is always opened from a file manager, a browser or a mail app, as the default viewer for the pdf file type.