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Windows 7: shortcut to game isn't...

05 Jul 2010   #1
scruffy1

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 
shortcut to game isn't...

for some reason i don't comprehend, the portal shortcut i made in games, neither launches portal (which works fine from the desktop icon) nor appears to have any attributes, as demonstrated in the attached pic

it doesn't even generate a thumbnail, unlike my other steam games

i can live with that, but i'd like to make the 3 tries that generated junk in my games folder disappear, and they won't

help please...




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05 Jul 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Try right clicking, run as adminitrator, then delete. Try in safe mode. Try from adminstrator account. One should work.
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06 Jul 2010   #3
scruffy1

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

nice idea, but i am already logged as admin, and safe mode makes no difference


there are no context options on a right click in either case - note that the status bar (or context bar?) at the bottom of the attached image has no info despite the portal icon being chosen... and the other 2 are similarly inert

it's a mystery, and i'd like them to go away
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06 Jul 2010   #4
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Being logged in as admin and running as admin are different things.
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06 Jul 2010   #5
SleeStak

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

I had trouble with some games like CoD4:MW not working with W7 games explorer and had to go through this process explained here: Games Explorer Folder - Add Games To

removing or deleting unwanted links in games explorer is explained here: Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game

also some of the related tutorials found at the end of each post may be of help also
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09 Jul 2010   #6
scruffy1

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SleeStak View Post
removing or deleting unwanted links in games explorer is explained here: Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game

thx for the link - there are however no references to the 3 mutant icons in the registry

they are just junk which is like an indelible stain in the folder

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
Being logged in as admin and running as admin are different things.
thanks for that thought... now if you could embellish it with practical advice on how to do so (for a win7 noob, though a hardware and winxp guru) i would be truly grateful
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13 Jul 2010   #7
scruffy1

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

bumpity bump for some new ideas on a solution

completely deleting portal was a fail, unfortunately
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13 Jul 2010   #8
markvis14

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Portal doesn't show up for me either so I guess it ain't supported? I know it runs through hl2.exe so maybe it has trouble identifying

And running as admin means you rightclick on a shortcut and then click on "run as administrator"
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16 Jul 2010   #9
scruffy1

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markvis14 View Post
Portal doesn't show up for me either so I guess it ain't supported? I know it runs through hl2.exe so maybe it has trouble identifying

And running as admin means you rightclick on a shortcut and then click on "run as administrator"
thx

my problem is that right click has no context menu for the 3 (yes, that's three!) icons i dragged into the games window stupidly in trying to get it to sit there

that worked - they are all sitting there; but that's all - see the o.p. with the picture of my stupid arrangement

help ! help !! help !!!

i am quite prepared to take on the registry if that's what i need to do to nix them, but have no idea where to start in this case
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16 Jul 2010   #10
SleeStak

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

I guess if you tried the tutorials I posted with no success you can try searching the hidden folder C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer and see if the bad icons are in there and you can try to delete them

I would caution to be absolutely sure that you select the right entry before deleting anything from that folder
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