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Windows 7: Network Location Shortcuts open a 'Target' folder

20 Mar 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 32 bit
Network Location Shortcuts open a 'Target' folder

Yesterday, something happened on my PC. Now when I double-click on a network location shortcut, instead of opening the folder, a new folder shows up. I get a file called desktop.ini and another shortcut folder called target. When I double-click the target shortcut, then I get the actual folder contents.
I've tried deleting and re-creating my shortcuts. They work normally for a while, but eventually they get messed up again.
Also, I don't know if this is related, but somtimes when I try to delete a folder, my system hangs on the 'Preparing to recycle...' dialog box.

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20 Mar 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

This desktop .ini file shows up with you enable hidden files and folders in Folder Options.

To disable viewing hidden files go to Start > Control panel > Large Icons> Folder Options. Select the "View" tab and select "Don't show hidden folders, files or drives" then hit the "Apply" button.

I'm not sure about the deleting file problem.
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20 Mar 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro 32 bit

Thanks, I'm aware of the folder options to show or hide hidden and system files. The real issue is that when I click on a shortcut, the results are not displayed. It displays the desktop.ini file and another shortcut folder labeled 'target'. I then need to open this 'target' folder to get to my files.
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22 Mar 2012   #4

Win 7 Pro 32 bit

It seems to have resolved itself. I reconfigured my shortcusts a few times, and now they seem to be behaving properly.
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