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Windows 7: Update last modified time of shortcut when original file is modified?

26 Jul 2014   #1

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Update last modified time of shortcut when original file is modified?

Assume I have a (log)file and (in another directory) a shortcut which points to this file.

Each original file and its shortcut have their own last modified timestamp (as shown in WinExplorer column).

Unfortunately when the original file is modified the timestamp of the depending shortcut file IS NOT modified too.

Is there a way to let the shortcut be touched as well?

There is no need of an immediate update of the last modified timestamp of the shortcut object.

It can be implemented by a batch script which runs later over the whole partition with a touch command or similar.


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26 Jul 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro

Not sure if this will help...

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26 Jul 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

What about making the shortcut into a Symlink? Will that make them the same since the shortcut is no longer really a short cut but a redirector to the actual file/program itself?

See here: MKLINK Create and Use Links in Windows
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