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Windows 7: Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game

27 Nov 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game

How to Delete a Game in Games Explorer Folder in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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04 Jul 2010   #10
lucas7

 
I have a problem with my games explorer..

Hi. I have a problem with those 4 shortcuts in GameExplorer Folder (see GEproblem attachment). I can't delete them from my GameExplorer Folder. I tried with :

- C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games, but from the folder i can't delete them, because they are not there.
- C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer and then those 4 shortcus were moved to UNSPECIFIED section (see the Unspecified attachment) and also i can't remove them.

I accidentally threw the shortcuts into the games folder and now I cannot delete them in any way. I am not allowed to right click them or do anything to them.
Is there any way to remove these?

Thanks a lot for the help.




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Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game-geproblem.jpg   Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game-unspecified.jpg  
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04 Jul 2010   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Lucas, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you already tried deleting them in the registry location, if there?
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12 Nov 2010   #12
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Old thread, same issue as lucas7

Hey Brink, I have the same issue as lucas7 with not being able to delete a game shortcut.

Here's the deal. I installed Metro 2033 last night and noticed it didn't create a shortcut in my Games Explorer so I figured i'd copy and paste a shortcut form the game there. Well I get this.....

Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game-metro-blank-shortcut.jpg

Bad ideal..... Now no matter what I do I can't delete those, and clicking on them does nothing! They're simply dead links that can't be deleted

Incidentally this is a Steam game install, but so is Fallout New Vegas and as you can see... New Vegas has a functional shortcut that was created during the game installation. Point being they're both steam games.

Anyway has anyone figured out a way to delete these dead links/shortcuts?

Thanks


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12 Nov 2010   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Drew,

Is it listed in the registry location in the tutorial, or in the hidden folder location below?

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games
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12 Nov 2010   #14
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hi Brink, no it's not listed in either location, and I already looked in the registry. In fact here.....

Name:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.JPG
Views: 523
Size:  79.8 KB

It's just weird that I can't do anyting with it. It's just sitting there, dead.


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12 Nov 2010   #15
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I found it. Duh.... did a search for Metro 2033 in the registry and it found it under another section of the GameUX string, under S-1-5-21-4117717313.... which looks like one of those generic user profiles that Windows throws in.

Anyway deleting a couple of strings in there got rid of both the links. And it didn't even affect the desktop shortcut that the game created during installation. So all is good now.

Thanks
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13 Nov 2010   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Drew,

Ok, check in this registry location below as well to see if the games may be listed the same way as in the tutorial under the (long S-1-5-21-#####...) key in the left pane instead.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameUX\(long S-1-5-21-#####...)

Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game-gameux.jpg

EDIT:
LOL, I was just posting for this.


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13 Nov 2010   #17
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

What was that about great minds

Anyway thanks for the help.
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13 Nov 2010   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Drew. I'm glad that you got it sorted.
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07 Apr 2012   #19
AAW007

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Thanks

Another brilliant solution from SevenForums, worked perfectly!

Thanks.

P.S. The "games" i was trying to remove from the Games Explorer window were also Internet Shortcuts (IE) to an online game. I think that, although the system allows you to "Create a shortcut here" Internet shortcuts are incompatible with Games Explorer. They do not show the correct icon neither do they do anything - clicking on them does absolutely nothing. Windows should not let you copy them there, or should at least give you a warning message...

Thanks again,

Adam.
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