Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:39 AM
Most of time, the icons/shortcuts on a desktop are just pointing to applications that reside somewhere on your local drives. Saves you trying to search for the programs under your local drives when you want to run them.(Like we used to have to do in DOS)
There is a good chance that the icons/shortcuts are also located somewhere under the start menu also. With that said, you can probably delete them without worry(if you don't need them showing on your desktop).
If you are still unsure, create a folder on your desktop, and drag and drop all of the icons/shorcuts that you want to get rid into this folder.
After some time, you can probably delete the folder you created on your desktop without any issue.