If you don’t make use of the Shared Documents folder in Windows XP, you can remove the shortcuts that appear within Windows. It just requires a registry change. Only the shortcuts are removed, the folder will still remain at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents.
To remove the Shared Documents shortcuts, create the following registry key:
DWORD Value: 1
Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).