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Windows 7: How to disable windows from verifying shortcuts in startmenu / desktop


12 Aug 2012   #1

multiple computers and different OS'
 
 
How to disable windows from verifying shortcuts in startmenu / desktop

Hello. i have search a lot on this forum and google, but havent found solution.
problem is that every time i open start menu or accidently click on shortcut on desktop that resides on sleeping hard drive, Windows 7 starts spinning up the hard drive and wasting my time and wearing out hard drive without any need.

i really need this stupid feature disabled asap.
i have 4 hard drives and its very annoying when Windows 7 just spins up hard drives without any need. its very frustrating!

thanks

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12 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello B420, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use the tutorial below to set the Turn off hard disk after Power Options setting to Never to turn this off.

Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Aug 2012   #3

multiple computers and different OS'
 
 

oh no no no you misunderstood me. but thanks for reply. sorry if i wasnt clear what i want.
i want my hard drives to be spinned down not spinning at all times.

i have 4 hard drives for a reason. 1 is for games only. 1 is almost always on (OS is on it), 1 is archive and 1 is for massive things like adobe master collection.
i want my games drive spinned down when i dont play games but this stupid features keeps spinning it up every time i use startmenu
i just dont like the idea that hard drives are spinning for nothing. they dont need to be spinned up while im not using them.

or if i want to play a game, i dont want other 2 hard drives spinned up. i just want that stupid feature disabled. i like to manage shortcuts myself.
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13 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

What makes you think it is a feature? Let alone one that can be disabled?
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13 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Now what is actually causing your drives to spin up is the icon for each shortcut. Those icons reside on your other drives thus windows needs to spin them up in order to display them.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/.../10146891.aspx
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14 Aug 2012   #6

multiple computers and different OS'
 
 

@ logicearth i know it is because of shortcuts, but windows 7 also checks if shortcut is valid. if shortcut is dead and it gets on the way, then it takes ages for windows to check it, even if hard drive is spinned up. it gets stuck for about 10 seconds. in order for me to achieve my goal. - i need to change all icons to default ? - need to find a way to prevent windows from checking shortcut paths being valid or not.
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14 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Windows does not check if the path is valid until you try and use the shortcut.
It is the icons that is causing your issue.
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21 Oct 2012   #8

multiple computers and different OS'
 
 

cool i try and set custom icons from main drive, hopefully it will fix the issues.
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21 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by B420 View Post
@ logicearth i know it is because of shortcuts, but windows 7 also checks if shortcut is valid. if shortcut is dead and it gets on the way, then it takes ages for windows to check it, even if hard drive is spinned up. it gets stuck for about 10 seconds. in order for me to achieve my goal. - i need to change all icons to default ? - need to find a way to prevent windows from checking shortcut paths being valid or not.
Is there some reason for you keeping dead shortcuts?
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