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Windows 7: Shortcut Issue

30 Dec 2009   #1

Shortcut Issue

I have a shortcut on my Windows 7 desktop. When clicked, the desired application runs correctly.

When I right click on the shortcut and choose 'properties', the 'target' shown is where the application was loaded.

When I click any other 'properties' tab, I get the error message:
'The name <<directorypath>> specified in the Target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct.

The path and file name OBVIOUSLY are correct since clicking on the shortcut runs the application.

When I use 'Computer' to find the application that is being executed, it does NOT appear in the directory.

When I try to 'browse' to the file from any other application (email, Word, etc.), the folder/file does not show.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Dec 2009   #2


Welcome aboard tomp. Ur query is not clear.
When I click any other 'properties' tab, I get the error message:
what do you mean?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #3

shortcut issue

This message is displayed when I
-right click on the shortcut and choose 'properties'
(the properties window comes up showing the 'Shortcut' tab. Everything looks as expected)
-then if I click on any other tab, i.e., General, Compatibility, Security, Details, or Previous Versions, I get the error message 'The name <<path>> is not valid.

Hope that helps.

Again, the shortcut works correctly when clicked on the desktop but the 'Target' folder that is shown in the 'Shortcut' tab of the 'Properties' window can NOT be found when browsing the computer or doing a file/folder search.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Dec 2009   #4


thnx for the xplanation. Can u create a new shortcut now and let us know what's happening?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #5


I cannot create a new shortcut because the folder/file the current shortcut points to does not display. It's as if the rest of the system thinks the folder/file does not exist.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #6


not necessary. goto c:\program files\any folder of ur choice which contains a .exe
right click on it, select create shortcut. once created, copy/cut it to the desktop or the place u love the most. double click on it and check what happens. then, right click, properties and see whether the target location is properly displayed.

This is just to ascertain whether the problem is with the already created shortcuts or a problem with shortcuts itself.

Alternatively, If u hv ccleaner, try to analyze and fix if any issues are found.

Let us know the result.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #7

shortcut issue

Creating shortcuts from other applications seems to work fine. Do not have/have not used ccleaner.

Some other background on the problem: the problem may have occurred when trying to attach a file to an email. The file was in the same folder as the application. This is when the problem surfaced.

They used Yahoo mail. When they first browsed from 'Computer' to 'c:' to the folder where the application was, the folder appeared. While continuing to browse to a deeper level, the folder disappeared (and hasn't been seen since).

The shortcut on the desktop also has a 'generic' picture now instead of the 'usual' appearance.

I have the 'defective' computer, but did not actually observe the 'disappearing' act.

Hope this helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #8


Are you trying to create a shortcut for an file rather than an exe or application?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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