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Windows 7: how do i remove a shortcut from the games folder

12 Nov 2009   #11

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Are you able to right click on the game in "Games" Explorer, and click on "Hide This Game"?
how do i remove a shortcut from the games folder-games.jpg
You can unhide it by clicking on Options (toolbar) and Unhide games.

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26 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I had the same problem as Spud. I was able to get access to the unresponsive game link to hide it by temporarily turning off UAC.

  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts\Change User Account Control settings
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27 Nov 2009   #13
james littler

Windows 7


I'm having a similar problem to this.

I have a shortcut to 'Call of duty' which I have uninstalled.
Clicking on this icon does nothing. I cannot delete it, I can copy it and delete the copy but not the original, if I right click the icon nothing happens. I am not given a context menu like if I right click any other game/file/program.

I have checked in the start menu folders
(C:\Users\James\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games)

And also in the program data folder
(C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games)

But there is no icon in either folder for call of duty. The only place it appears is within the games folder/menu in the start menu.

Is there any way I can get rid of this?
Is it a case of finding the registry entry and deleting it?

Thanks in advance
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27 Nov 2009   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello James,

Check in the registry at the location below.


In the Games key (left pane) select each long number subkey to see what game it is for (right pane). If you find one for "Call of Duty", then delete the long number key (left pane) for it.

how do i remove a shortcut from the games folder-registry.jpg

Hope this helps,

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