First, I described a messy way to get rid of the Edge (the Chromium-based one) desktop shortcut. That led to some Twitter discussions with the Edge team, resulting in a new MSI command line parameter that I blogged about separately, and a promise to later add a Group Policy setting to turn it off more easily. As Scott Breen pointed out to me this weekend, that policy is now available; documentation can be found at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/microsoft-edge-update-policies#createdesktopshortcutdefault.
Since this policy doesn’t yet exist in Intune and I’m impatient, I added it to the Autopilot Branding script:
That works in my case (I tested it) but it might be possible for the policy to be applied after Edge installs (as there’s no way to set up a dependency between the Edge app and another Win32 app, e.g. Autopilot Branding, in Intune), so it may not be a 100% solution. If it doesn’t work reliably for you, you can always set up a custom ADMX-backed policy (a messy process, but it works fine).
And here’s the end result:
Now if we could just get Teams to not create an icon on the desktop we’d be golden. There are a few Teams uservoice items for this, so please submit your votes:
- Disable Desktop Shortcut creation
- Teams will auto create shortcut on desktop and duplicate shortcuts will be synced to OneDrive Known folder
- Do not auto-generate Teams shortcut in the desktop
At the moment, the first one in the list has the most votes, so I added mine there.
Categories: Windows Autopilot
This seems to now be part of the Administrative Templates configuration profile.
Under Computer Configuration -> Microsoft Edge Update -> Applications, and the setting to “Prevent the Desktop shortcut upon install default” setting is there.
Not sure when it appeared, but glad they are making these changes quickly! And I agree with you whole heartedly on the Teams shortcut…
Yes, that went live last week.