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Corrupt Internet Shortcuts on Desktop

by martyn59 / March 17, 2010 1:33 AM PDT

After using System Restore to resolve some problems with user profiles, I found that all my Internet Shortcuts on My Desktop had become corrupt. If I try to delete them I receive an error message "Access Denied - Make sure the disc is not full or write protected and that the file is not currently in use"

I can add new shortcuts to the desktop and they work fine.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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by jeff_windows_team / March 17, 2010 2:59 AM PDT

I assume you are logged in as an administrator. Can you make a new admin account and see if you can delete via that account?

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Corrupt Internet Shortcuts on Desktop
by martyn59 / March 17, 2010 3:20 AM PDT
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Yes i am logged in as an administrator. I can create another admin account but how do I see the desktop for another account from there?

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More options.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2010 3:16 AM PDT

Login into another admin account, delete the item from other account. The path is something like C:\Documents and Settings\username\desktop\linkname In Windows 7, the path is changed to (most common) C:\Users\username\...

Boot SAFE MODE and try it there.

Use a tool like FILE ASSASIN (see google.)

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Corrupt Internet Shortcuts on Desktop
by martyn59 / March 17, 2010 10:28 AM PDT
In reply to: More options.

Hi Bob

Thanks for the advice. I have tried Safe Mode and trying to delete from another account but with no success. Finally I installed FileAssassin and it deleted the files with no problems.

I am familiar with lots of useful software but hadn't come across FileAssassin before. What a useful piece of software.

Thanks again


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2010 12:11 PM PDT

Are you can get a few different angles of advice on the problem. If one advice doesn't work out, we hope others will offer alternatives.

Glad you found a way!

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