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shorcut in desktop doesn,t link

By jerry_lee2020 ·
i,m using win xp pro currently, i found that all the shorcut that i had created in desktop is not valid.For instance, i right click on internet explorer(the one in program menu)then i choose create a shorcut in desktop, the icon appear in desktop, but when i click on it, it said that the shorcut is not valid. Even i had install a new software and it automatically crate a shorcut icon in desktop, when i cilck on it, it show shorcut invalid as well.( i have to access it throug program menu) i had tried the online virus scan, no virus detected. Please advise

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to shorcut in desktop doesn, ...

That is an odd one. I've just tried this and when I right click on IE the only option that I get is Create a shortcut which is inserted into the start menu When I drag it off the start menu onto the desktop it works perfectly.

Has anything happened recently to your computer? When you right click on the icons and go to properties does it show the correct path to the program?

I would first try scanning for viruses in DOS mode before Windows Loads if possible but this depends on your AV software.

If that isn't possible you can always try Adaware or Spybot Search & Destroy for malware either should work. If the Scan comes up clean you can always try the repair option with the windows Install CD.

Just another option just how many Icons do you have on the desktop? You could have exceeded the registry keys available by having shortcuts to everything on the desktop.


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by razz2 In reply to shorcut in desktop doesn, ...

I agree that this is an odd one.

I think you have a hijack, along with some SpyAdware. Download
the latest AdAware and Spybot S & D. Make sure you also update
the Definitions. I would also get HiJackthis, CWShredder, and
AboutBuster. This is overkill I know but it never hurts to know
the PC is clean. Then if it still happens we know it's not that. Do
a good virus scan too.

I doubt this will help but you might want rebuild your icon cache
file shelliconcache.
Search Google for:

repair shelliconcache

The first link is a good one at:

Good Luck,


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by In reply to shorcut in desktop doesn, ...

It would be mush easier to create a new profile which will automaticlly rebuild the desktop. Once the new user is creaed go to profiles - R/H mouse on my comp, properties, Advanced, User Profiles, Settings - and delete the old user. Make sure that you move any of your wanted files to a direstory/folder, then answer yes to remove all files.

Failing that I would say that there is something drasticly wrong with your PC and you need to back up the user files and format and re- build

Have fun

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by Blackcurrant In reply to shorcut in desktop doesn, ...


Have you checked that all your system files are OK? Click Run>Start and type:

sfc /scannow

in the Open field. This will make sure the core system files are not corrupted in any way and replace them if they are or if they are out-of-date.

If this does not work you might want to run XP setup and choose to allow the setup program to repair your XP installation.

Good luck

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