Preventing desktop shortcuts from disappearing in Windows 7

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 18 Oct. 2011 / Last Updated on 9 Dec. 2010]

How to prevent desktop shortcuts from mysteriously disappearing in Windows 7.

I frequently create shortcuts on my Windows desktop to things like network shares, removable drives, and so on. Unfortunately, by default Windows 7 automatically runs a system maintenance troubleshooter periodically that scans your desktop for broken shortcuts and deletes them without telling you it did so. That can be frustrating!

There are two ways you can deal with this issue. First, you can disable the system maintenance task entirely by opening Control Panel and clicking Find and fix problems under System and Security, clicking Change settings on the left, and setting Computer Maintenance to Off. This approach however will disable all automatic system maintenance tasks.

The second way is to put all your desktop shortcuts in a folder on your desktop. This works fine but has the disadvantage of requiring an extra click to get to your shortcuts when you need to access them.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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