Roaming Profile Creates Broken Start Menu and Taskbar Shortcuts when different PC is logged into

If a user logs into a Windows 7 64-bit workstation and then logs into a second Windows 7 64-bit workstation, the shortcuts copied over from their roaming profile are generic icons that do not work. The broken shortcuts are also for applications that are installed in the same locations on both PCs.

It is not an XP vs Windows 7 issue or a 32-bit vs 64-bit issue or an issue where an application installed on one PC and not the other.

The shortcut to Outlook 2010 is an example of one of the many broken shortcuts. Outlook 2010 is installed on both PCs and it is the same version of Outlook 2010 on both PCs. Same thing with Internet Explorer shortcuts Is there a fix to this issue?

I would prefer that working shortcuts to be copied, but I would rather exclude the shortcuts completely from their profile otherwise since broken shortcuts are worse than useless.

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  1. Search Start Menu Shortcuts
  2. Can you create folder shortcuts and place them wherever I choose to?
  3. Can't copy "shortcuts" created via the "Add a network location" wizard
  4. Administrative Tools Location in Control Panel
  5. Make A Secret Shortcut on Desktop tutorial
  6. Open File Location fails from shortcut context menu
  7. Problem creating a new internet shortcut on Windows 7
  8. Locate shortcuts of a file?
  9. Network Location Shortcuts open a 'Target' folder
  10. Problem removing shortcuts from desktop
  11. "Open File location" from Jump List Property
  12. Create Shortcut Wizard creates hidden shortcuts
  13. Multiple icon change in .lnk Shortcut
  14. Shortcut knows new location of target file - is this a new feature?
  15. Every Folder External Hard Drive and Flash Drives have all been changed to cmd shortcuts by accident
  16. How to remove Network Location Shortcut that hangs
  17. Problems creating shortcuts on desktop
  18. Reset display/location of Libraries in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane
  19. A shortcut to swich the desktop folder location

Search Start Menu Shortcuts

I sm having issues with searching for program shortcuts in Windows 7. When I type in a shortcut name in the search field on the start menu, nothing appears. Files and Control panel applets do appear though but no program shortcuts located under the C:\Programdata\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder.

The OS is Windows 7 Enterprise RTM 64 bit

I have confirmed that the user that is having the issue does have read and execute rights to these shortcuts because they appear in the start menu snd in the appropriate folder This is in a corporate environment so the local hard disk has restricted settings on it via group policy.

They include the following: Hide these specified drives in My Computer Restrict C drive Only

Prevent access to drives from My Computer Restrict C Drive Only.
- Confirmed the index options settings and the start menu is listed.
- Rebuilt the index and the same issue applies

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Can you create folder shortcuts and place them wherever I choose to?

I have folder shortcuts on my desktop that point to network locations. Because these folder shortcuts are on my desktop they also show up in the top level of Windows Explorer when I open that program. This makes it very easy to browse to whatever network folder / subfolder I have a folder shortcut setup for,

These folder shortcuts were created in Windows XP. I am now on a Windows 7 machine and they continue to work fine. The problem is that the network locations I need to point to have changed. Windows 7 does not seem to let me edit the paths of these folder shortcuts or to create new ones.

Is it true that Windows 7 will not allow me to create a folder shortcut to be placed on the desktop? If that IS true, is there a known tweaking utility that will allow such functionality? Is there some windows file that holds the path info for that folder shortcut that I could "hack" by hand?

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Can't copy "shortcuts" created via the "Add a network location" wizard

I can't copy "shortcuts" that were created via the "Add a network location" wizard using command-line utilities such as xcopy (or the Group Policy File Preference Extension) etc. Further investigation revealed they 'aint no ordinary shortcuts (their properties are very different to that of a "normal" shortcut).

They would appear to be more akin to a Symbolic link, however they don't carry the reparse point attribute (see reference site links below),

I wrote a VBScript to leverage the 'CopyFolder' function of the FileSystemObject to copy the entire 'Network Shortcuts' folder, which DID copy the "special" shortcuts. Conversely, the CopyFiles function (attempting to copy *.* from within the Network Shortcuts folder) only copies the regular shortcuts, not the "special" ones that were originally created via the "Add a network location" wizard.

So, to sum up; I have a workaround - use the FileSystemObject.CopyFolder method - however I am intrigued as to what these "special" shortcuts are?!?

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Administrative Tools Location in Control Panel

What is the default location for the Administrative Tools shortcut that resides in the Control Panel? The reason I ask is because if I click on "Administrative Tools" in the Control Panel, I get an error message that states that the "Location is Not Available".

The "location" that is spelled out in the error message specifies a subfolder that does not exist on my system, as follows: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\STUFF\Administrative Tools.

I reviewed the tutorials on this forum and ran the "Restore Admin Tools Shortcut" fix, but it clearly didn't address this problem.

How do I change the Administrative Tools shortcut in the Control Panel so that it points to the proper location?

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Make A Secret Shortcut on Desktop tutorial

Ok I'm going to Show you How to make a Secret Shortcut on Your Dektop.

1: Create Folder Shortcut to your location.
2: Pick the Location of your folder. If I where you, put the secret folder deep in your system! [img][LINK]
3: Rename the folder.
4: Press and keep pressing the Alt button. Type from your number pad on your right side of the computer (not the normal numbers) Type in while pressing Alt : 255. 5: Press Enter. Now you shouldt see any Letter or Number as the Name.
6: Change the Icon of the Folder.
7: Download the Icon.rar from my Attachments.
8: Then change the Icon to the Downloaded one.

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Open File Location fails from shortcut context menu

I right-click any shortcut icon on the desktop, choose "open file location" from the context menu, and receive an error dialog from windows explorer: "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.

If one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel." The error also happens if I choose "properties" from the shortcut's context menu, then click the "open file location" button on the properties window.

After dismissing the error dialog, I get a "blue swirly busy" for about 10 seconds, and If I click "cancel" on the properties windows it won't close until that 10 seconds is elapsed.

During that timeout the desktop is busy, meaning I can't right-click the desktop and get the context, launch a desktop shortcut or move an icon, but the taskbar and quick-launch stuff works fine.

This doesn't seem to take much in the way of cpu cycles, and the machine stays responsive otherwise.

The error happens on any shortcut, in any folder, whether or not is is on the desktop. Usually, however, if the shortcut is in a non-desktop folder, the error does not occur from the shortcut context menu but still occurs from the shortcuts propery window.

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Problem creating a new internet shortcut on Windows 7

I'm currently having problems creating a new internet shortcut on windows 7. I have never had this problem before as I already have a number of different shortcuts for my favourite websites on my desktop. But, now when I try to create a shortcut an error comes up simply saying Explorer.exe Cannot create shortcut.

The icon appears on my desktop, but when I click ok and cancel, another error box comes up saying "Item not found, could not find this item, This item is no longer located in c:, verify the items location and try again."

I don't know whats suddenly caused it and I have tried a system restore but to no avail.

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Locate shortcuts of a file?

How do I select a file and locate all shortcuts/copies of it?

Details:
I have a personal file on a shared network drive at work.

I created a shortcut to my personal file, in order to assign a Keyboard Shortcut to open it. I need to delete the shortcut I created, but leave the original personal file that I have on my shared network drive.

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Network Location Shortcuts open a 'Target' folder

Yesterday, something happened on my PC. Now when I double-click on a network location shortcut, instead of opening the folder, I get a file called desktop.ini and another shortcut folder called target. When I double-click the target shortcut, then I get the actual folder contents.

I've tried deleting and re-creating my shortcuts. They work normally for a while, but eventually they get messed up again. Also, I don't know if this is related, but sometimes when I try to delete a folder, my system hangs on the 'Preparing to recycle.' dialog box.

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Problem removing shortcuts from desktop

When I try to remove a shortcut from my desktop I get the error : "Could not find this item" This is no longer located in C:\etc\etc\etc. Verify the items location and try again". It looks like I may have inadvertantly deleted the original file.

I have tried putting a replacement file of the same name in the orginal location - this does not work. How can I remove the shortcut?

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"Open File location" from Jump List Property

Have added a jump list to the task bar and pinned a number of commonly used excel files. how can do I use the entry in the jump list to open the file location?

In WinXP I added individual shortcuts to the task bar. I could then right-click on a shortcut and open the Properties dialog box. There I would find a button for Find Target. which would open the appropriate folder location.

From the Windows 7 jump list, I can right-click a pinned entry and open the Properties dialog. But there is no File Target. or Open File Location option. I have other programs pinned to the Task Bar that do include a button Open File Location on the Properties dialog, but not for the excel files. See example screen shot.

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Create Shortcut Wizard creates hidden shortcuts

I am having trouble with creating shortcuts on my desktop by using the Create Shortcut Wizard (I.e. Right-click on Desktop or folder and selecting New->Shortcut). The wizard pops-up and I follow the steps on screen to create a shortcut.

However, if I am making a shortcut to IE by locating the file in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplorer.exe, my shortcut appears hidden on the Desktop or the folder I have created it in. If I am making any other shortcut (such as Adobe Reader for example), I have no problem and, I can see the newly created shortcut (I.e. it is not hidden).

To see my iexplorer.exe shortcut, I have to show all hidden files first in the Folder menu, in Windows Explorer\View. Even disabling the "Hide protected operating system files" does not work. Only the show all hidden files option works.

I believe this might have been an effect left over by a virus/Trojan. I had recently (in May 2011) removed several viruses from my computer, using the McAffee AntiVirus Plus software. I have also run MalwareBytes to be sure I have no Trojans on my PC, and I didn't.

In addition, I have run some of the Microsoft Fix It applications to fix my IE security problems and remove broken shortcuts. I hoped that would fix the hidden shortcut issue, but it was in vain.

I have also searched in Google and Bing for this kind of problem but it appears that I am the only one having it. I know most malware could do that to a PC and then the user has to manually set visible the files/folders such as Favorites, Desktop, etc.

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Multiple icon change in .lnk Shortcut

I have a folder with pictures. I moved some of them to a different folder and replaced them with a shortcut to the new location. The newly created shortcut works perfectly but its icon is the icon of the refered picture with the small "shortcut arrow" overimposed.

This is not ok for my scope and I want to replace this icon with a generic fixed one I.e. "stop signal". This can be easily done with a right click on the Shortcut, then Properties, Change Icon, etc.

Unfortunately this needs to be repeated for each and every Shortcut I have to change, because if I do a multiple selection before the right click the Change Icon dialog is not available.

Is there a way, a command, a program, whatever, that I can use to do the icon change in many Shortcuts at once?

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Shortcut knows new location of target file - is this a new feature?

Actually it's on Server 2008R but it has the same underlying code as Windows 7. I'm embarrased It's probably been there forever.

I have never noticed before that when a 'Target:' of a shortcut is moved the shortcut knows about the new location.

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Every Folder External Hard Drive and Flash Drives have all been changed to cmd shortcuts by accident

I don't know how it happened but one night I unplugged my external hard drive, and I can vaguely remember the command prompt being opened by accident after I hooked up the external hard drive again the next day.The computer said my drive needed to be formatted, Well when I reconnected my drive and restarted the computer, every folder I created in my external hard drive over the past few months, had been changed to shortcuts by the computer.

The target location for every folder on my external hard drive and flash drives is (C:\Windows\System32) . So every time I click on a folder for documents, it opens up in another screen but I can never see it as a folder only the contents in it, I need to find a way to undo whatever setting in my computer that's changing every folder I creat into a shortcut that reads- location: cmd (C:\Windows\System32)

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How to remove Network Location Shortcut that hangs

I created an FTP shortcut I cannot delete.

To create, I right clicked Computer in Windows Explorer, selected Add a Network location and entered the values. Now, when I try to select it in any way (left or right clicking it) the window stops responding. I have another shortcut I created that pops up the log on dialog box when I click it and right clicking on it opens a list of options with Delete being one of them. How do I remove this failed attempt?

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Problems creating shortcuts on desktop

Whenever I right click the desktop and go to New > Shortcut, the icon it creates has the "hidden" attribute. If its a shortcut to an app it will work, although hidden since I have hidden files shown. But if its a shortcut to a url it gives me an error: "unable to create shortcut".

I think its related to the fact that its hidden because when I hit cancel, another dialog comes up and says the shortcut could no longer be found, please verify the file's location.

When I hit cancel on that I'm back at the desktop and the shortcut is there, hidden, and does not work.

I have tried on three PCs. 2 have the problem, one doesn't. Two run IE 8 one runs IE 9 and firefox.

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Reset display/location of Libraries in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

Looks like I accidentally changed the location of my Windows 7 Libraries so they now show as a child of Desktop in the shortcuts in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane. Previously, I know Libraries was a stand-alone entry/shortcut in the Navigation Pane as it still is on my other Windows 7 machines.

Unable to find properties or setting to restore the display of the Libraries shortcut (not restore default libraries under this heading).

May not be a big deal but this is a training machine and I want it to reflect the default look of the Windows Explorer.

This is a Windows 7 64-bit machine.

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A shortcut to swich the desktop folder location

Just yesterday, I was thinking of a way to make life easier on a computer, and I came up with a sort of multi-desktop system I would love to have on my computer. I know a bit about registry editing, but not enough to do this since it would probably require creating a small program.

With a simple keyboard shortcut (I'm thinking of something like Shift+Windows), the computer would switch the registry value for the Desktop's folder location. The idea would be to have a small program where I can set up a list of locations and give them an order in which they would cycle through. Problem :

As far as I can understand, just changing the registry value would not change anything until I logoff/restart, which implies that there has to be some sort of task running which refreshes the position ? Utopian addition :

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