To begin with: You right click on a file in Explorer. Then you get a 'right click menu' with Send to ... And then there isn't an item "Desktop (create shortcut)" as there used to be. That's the problem? Or is it another problem?
Have a look in c:\windows\send to. That contains shortcuts and comparable things that are listed in the Send to submenu. Does it appear there? With me, it's one of those mysterious 0 byte files, also called shell extensions. What of those can you find?
I think this and some other functions are defined in c:\windows\system\shellfix.dll and work via the registry (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellext). Is shellfix.dll listed there? Do you recognise other commands?
Without really looking around for a solution I can suggest 2 things:
1. The workaround. Right click on the desktop, choose New>Shortcut and browse to the file you want to be represented there. That should work.
2. The repair. Download and install TweakUI 1.33 (use google to find it) and try "Repair file associations" from the Repair tab. It's an unsupported but very proven and very useful Microsoft utility.
Hope this helps.
i have seemed to lost the abilty to create a shortcut on my desktop as an icon. i right click on an item i want to send on my desktop and it does not appear.has anybody got any ideas why this has suddeenly stopped.