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Windows 7: Network vs local links

30 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
Network vs local links

I have several links on my desktop to local locations on my computer. My desktop is shared and every time someone opens a link on my desktop from their computer that link’s destination address is changed to a network address on my desktop as well.

Any thoughts on how to somehow “lock” the address in?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #2


This sounds very interesting, but I really have no idea what you mean...

Are these "shortcuts" to UNC Paths? ie: "\\localmachine\My Documents"?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

two folders are shared... "desktop" and we'll call it "folder 1"
on the desktop there is a link to "folder 1"
all is well untill someone accesses folder one through the desktop link (from their PC) rather than the shares list.
original "c:/folder 1"
after "//my-PC/folder 1" (as seen in the properties)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #4


I would probably just rewrite the shortcuts to be fully qualified shortcuts so there's nothing they can change to?

add the path to the shorcut like:

\\pc-name\desktop (as long as the folder is shared properly)
\\pc-name\folder1 (you should remove the space between folder and the number)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

(note: thats not the actual folder name, the original has no spaces)

Not sure if you completely understand the issue. On my desktop I have a local link to folder1, for my network shares I have "desktop" and "folder1". Lets say my wife, on her computer, goes to my desktop, then uses the "folder1" link from there, on my desktop the properties change the link from a local one to a network address.

Sure the obvious answer is to leave the network link as the functionality is nearly the same, but in my case I would really like to keep the drag and drop function to "move" files, rather than the network links limit of copy only (move is an option but its a hard move with a copy-then-delete-original deal and not a real local-local move which is nearly instant).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2010   #6


Oh ok, I think I understand now.

Way I would do it? Create these folders as "Network Drives" then place the shortcuts on your desktop?
This should maintain drag and drop the way you want it to be.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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