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Windows 7: Shortcut in a path breaks hyperlink

17 Apr 2012   #1

Win 7 32 bit
Shortcut in a path breaks hyperlink

Hi, I have the situation where a directory path has changed and I have emails that have hyperlinks to files (in the emails) that point to the old path. In my old Unix days I would have just created a link using ln command. In Windows I can create a shortcut to the old directory (which works in explorer), but the name I create has a .lnk extension. This seems to break the hyperlink.

Does anyone know a way to make the old path valid so that the hyperlinks work?

  1. Hyperlink points to c:\a\x.doc
  2. c:\a is renamed c:\b
  3. shortcut c:\a created pointing to c:\b
  4. off course c:\a is actually c:\a.lnk in Windows
  5. Hyperlink broken
In my real situation the moved directory sits in the middle of a long path.

Any help/workaround would be appreciated.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Apr 2012   #2


This is not my area but you should be able to sort it with a symlink/junction point.

From an administrator/elevated command prompt
Mklink /j "c:\a" "c:\b"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2012   #3

Win 7 32 bit

Thank you z3r010. I have tested on my home machine and it works exactly as I want it to. However and there always seems to be one. I need to be able to this as a user on a domain without administration rights. Any suggestion? Not sure why Microsoft made this an admin only function. I suppose general users would never need it. Cheers Julian
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Apr 2012   #4


Sorry, as I said it's not really my area so hopefully somebody else will have some input.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #5

Win 7 32 bit

Solution is great for local disks and works fine, but on a shared network drive in the corporate environment I could not get it to work. If anyone has alternative that would be helpful. Suggestion very much appreciated. Thanks
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