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Windows 7: Some desktop shortcuts disappeared!

12 Dec 2009   #21
scottmcgee

Windows 7 Prfessional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by R A View Post
I had a problem with some shortcuts recently. I set Distributed Link Tracking Client to manual and stopped it. It solved my problem. It's one of the services found in Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services. Or access it directly by going to services.msc in the Search Panel. I also had a problem with renaming files which turned out to be a Distributed Link Tracking Client problem too.

Edit: Forgot to add that sometimes you can do a Refresh and it brings back the shortcut.
Hey, thanks a LOT for posting this. It sounds like what I needed. I have stopped the service and set it to manual so it doesn't auto-start. We'll see if that does the trick, though it might take a few weeks to be sure due to the random and infrequent nature of the problem.

Way to go!!

Scott


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13 Dec 2009   #22
zBobG

XP SP3 32bit, Vista HP 64bit, Seven Pro 64bit
 
 

I have had Distributed Link Tracking Client DISABLED since I installed Seven, Windows still deleted some of my desktop shortcuts including one I had just used a few hours before. So I think it's not related to desktop cleanup of unused icons - which Seven shouldn't do without my permission anyway!

I think it is caused by the scheduled "Diagnosis" task in the Task Scheduler that was mentioned in a previous post. I've just now disabled that task, it did run at 1 AM this morning and I think it deleted my shortcuts because I'm sure they were there last night.

I'm going to look in the Windows backup and see if my shortcuts can be retrieved.

From now on I'm also going to copy all my desktop shortcuts into a regular folder.
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14 Dec 2009   #23
Gunthar Rowe

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zBobG View Post
I have had Distributed Link Tracking Client DISABLED since I installed Seven, Windows still deleted some of my desktop shortcuts including one I had just used a few hours before. So I think it's not related to desktop cleanup of unused icons - which Seven shouldn't do without my permission anyway!

I think it is caused by the scheduled "Diagnosis" task in the Task Scheduler that was mentioned in a previous post. I've just now disabled that task, it did run at 1 AM this morning and I think it deleted my shortcuts because I'm sure they were there last night.

I'm going to look in the Windows backup and see if my shortcuts can be retrieved.

From now on I'm also going to copy all my desktop shortcuts into a regular folder.
As I said, I have done now both methods and yes mine was set to 1am also, but my system is running often at this time so it was a very common problem... I hope that between the two tweaks here this will have solved our issues
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14 Dec 2009   #24
Gunthar Rowe

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

oh FYI, and I successfully used Windows Restore to get all the shortcuts back
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21 Dec 2009   #25
egoche

Windows 7
 
 

I have shortcuts to 12 RDP connections & four Excel files on my desktop and noticed they were missing this morning. This is the second time this has happened (been using Windows 7 for less than three weeks).

After reading Gunthar's post I tested it by recreated four of the shortcuts and then running the Windows Diagnosis task. Within ten seconds, all of the newly recreated shortcuts disappeared.

I'm now leaving that particular task disabled. Thanks Gunthar!
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21 Dec 2009   #26
dnorris

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

I've had certain shortcuts disappear overnight...
but only the ones to:
Computer
Control Panel
Programs & Features
and 3 MS games (Freecell, Solitaire, Mahjong)

Seems to be only shortcuts to system files....
This has happened at least 3 times since I installed RTM.
I'll try disabling the Diagnosis task to see if that helps.

7 Ult 64 bit
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25 Dec 2009   #27
Gunthar Rowe

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

@ egoche, glad it worked well for you
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31 Dec 2009   #28
Lange

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Since i'm dealing with the same problem i'm reading this with quite some interrest.
Like ZBobG already mentions above, he service Distributed Link Tracking Client is not the problem since it's disabled here and the problem still occurs.

The onto the Windows Taks Scheduler. Disabeling this could solve the problem but the discription of the task says: "The Windows Scheduled Maintenance Task performs periodic maintenance of the computer system by fixing problems automatically or reporting them through the Action Center".
For me this task does a lot more then just cleaning up broken or missing icons (in most cases these aren't even missing or broken at all).
So if you disable this task to prevent Windows from deleting icons, i recon you disable a lot more which my be not such a good idea...?
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11 Apr 2010   #29
zvucnjak

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hello. I registered mostly because of this topic. Although I got Win7 recently so I'm sure there's plenty of time for him to give me more headache.

First of all, let me get this straight:
Not all, but only some of the shortcuts disappear?

in my case:


Second of all, it's not unused or broken shortcuts that's been disappearing, but the ones I use frequently. I have some program shortcuts that have not been used for a while, but those are still there!
That's why I believe it's not related to 'maintenance' tasks or similar stuff...... (at least I hope Win is not so stupid to delete used shortcuts and leave unused)...

Anyway... I disabled the Distributed Link Tracking Client (whatever that is), and will see how it goes...
I'm open for suggestions...


EDIT:
The shortcuts disappeared again just now! So DLTC disabling doesn't help.
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22 Jun 2010   #30
capDaz

Win 7 Pro64
 
 

Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

I second zBobG's and DocBrown's idea, of putting the shortcuts to [mapped drives, USB U3, NAS, etc] in a folder, then put a shortcut to the folder on the desktop. <sigh>
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