My internet shortcuts won't work.

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I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of the
usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop will
not work.

Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?

Please help, Frank
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Frank Martin wrote:
    > I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of the
    > usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop will
    > not work.
    >
    > Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?

    What do you mean by "rationalizing" and what bugs are you trying to fix?

    If you mean you've been deleting arbitrary files from the Windows
    folder, which files did you delete?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    If by rationalizing you mean deleting then I can see why you as a core
    designer of windows XP woud feel qualified to do this.

    I myself take random peices out of my microwave because I know they don't
    need to be there.

    Of course now I get a splitting headache everytime I bake a potato.

    I have no idea what you mean by the usual crop of bugs.

    "Frank Martin" wrote:

    > I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of the
    > usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop will
    > not work.
    >
    > Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >
    > Please help, Frank
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    You are asking the question but you already KNOW the answer. If you know the
    program that the icon was associated with, reinstall the program.

    Don't go deleting things. You will shoot yourself in the foot again!

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    If you knew as much as you thought you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    news:uh5Ta3GgFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of
    >the usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop
    >will not work.
    >
    > Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >
    > Please help, Frank
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    !


    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:O8XQGrJgFHA.3196@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > You are asking the question but you already KNOW the answer. If you know
    > the program that the icon was associated with, reinstall the program.
    >
    > Don't go deleting things. You will shoot yourself in the foot again!
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban
    >
    > If you knew as much as you thought you know,
    > You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >
    >
    > "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:uh5Ta3GgFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >>I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of
    >>the usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop
    >>will not work.
    >>
    >> Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >>
    >> Please help, Frank
    >>
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Chill.....full moon phase has passed!

    --

    All the Best,
    Kelly (MS-MVP)

    Troubleshooting Windows XP
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com


    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:O8XQGrJgFHA.3196@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > You are asking the question but you already KNOW the answer. If you know
    > the program that the icon was associated with, reinstall the program.
    >
    > Don't go deleting things. You will shoot yourself in the foot again!
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban
    >
    > If you knew as much as you thought you know,
    > You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >
    >
    > "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:uh5Ta3GgFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >>I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of
    >>the usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop
    >>will not work.
    >>
    >> Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >>
    >> Please help, Frank
    >>
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Many thanks for all replies; I fixed the problem by restoring the "System
    State" from a recent tape backup.

    I was trying to remove those annoying shortcuts that keep appearing on the
    tastbar even after the culprit software has been removed by the Windows
    Add/Remove program.

    They drive me crazy!

    Also, there is a fair amount of junk software that always appears after a
    session with the P2P (Limewire) program, and this errant software often
    appears in the Windows directory.

    Next time I will rename (rem out) the bugs, just in case.


    "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    news:uh5Ta3GgFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of
    >the usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop
    >will not work.
    >
    > Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >
    > Please help, Frank
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    If the software is properly removed the icons should no longer be present in
    the Notification Area. The Taskbar section means the program is running and
    in case you meant the Quick Launch section which many programs load if you
    don't uncheck otherwise during an install, those may have to be removed
    manually, depending.

    As for Add or Remove - again depending on the software and integrity of the
    programmer(s), no remnants should be left behind to annoy you.

    As for LimeWire, that is your best bet with what else is offered these days
    (speaking from a mom of many teens -- points of view). :o) As for P2P that
    is another story. Good luck!

    Added info for later times:

    Troubleshooting, Removing and/or Cleaning Add or Remove Programs
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#addremove

    HTM/HTML Fix for Windows XP
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/html_association_fix.zip

    Remove Past Items From the Notification Area (Line 53)
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    --

    All the Best,
    Kelly (MS-MVP)

    Troubleshooting Windows XP
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com


    "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    news:eBpIHeOgFHA.3428@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Many thanks for all replies; I fixed the problem by restoring the "System
    > State" from a recent tape backup.
    >
    > I was trying to remove those annoying shortcuts that keep appearing on the
    > tastbar even after the culprit software has been removed by the Windows
    > Add/Remove program.
    >
    > They drive me crazy!
    >
    > Also, there is a fair amount of junk software that always appears after a
    > session with the P2P (Limewire) program, and this errant software often
    > appears in the Windows directory.
    >
    > Next time I will rename (rem out) the bugs, just in case.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:uh5Ta3GgFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >>I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of
    >>the usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the desktop
    >>will not work.
    >>
    >> Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >>
    >> Please help, Frank
    >>
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Very many thanks for this.
    We live & learn!

    "Kelly" <kelly@mvps.org> wrote in message
    news:ePeFlMSgFHA.3196@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > If the software is properly removed the icons should no longer be present
    > in the Notification Area. The Taskbar section means the program is
    > running and in case you meant the Quick Launch section which many programs
    > load if you don't uncheck otherwise during an install, those may have to
    > be removed manually, depending.
    >
    > As for Add or Remove - again depending on the software and integrity of
    > the programmer(s), no remnants should be left behind to annoy you.
    >
    > As for LimeWire, that is your best bet with what else is offered these
    > days (speaking from a mom of many teens -- points of view). :o) As for
    > P2P that is another story. Good luck!
    >
    > Added info for later times:
    >
    > Troubleshooting, Removing and/or Cleaning Add or Remove Programs
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#addremove
    >
    > HTM/HTML Fix for Windows XP
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/html_association_fix.zip
    >
    > Remove Past Items From the Notification Area (Line 53)
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >
    > --
    >
    > All the Best,
    > Kelly (MS-MVP)
    >
    > Troubleshooting Windows XP
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com
    >
    >
    >
    > "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:eBpIHeOgFHA.3428@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> Many thanks for all replies; I fixed the problem by restoring the
    >> "System State" from a recent tape backup.
    >>
    >> I was trying to remove those annoying shortcuts that keep appearing on
    >> the tastbar even after the culprit software has been removed by the
    >> Windows Add/Remove program.
    >>
    >> They drive me crazy!
    >>
    >> Also, there is a fair amount of junk software that always appears after a
    >> session with the P2P (Limewire) program, and this errant software often
    >> appears in the Windows directory.
    >>
    >> Next time I will rename (rem out) the bugs, just in case.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Frank Martin" <paul@colonel.com.au> wrote in message
    >> news:uh5Ta3GgFHA.1248@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >>>I have been rationalizing some files in the Windows folder to get rid of
    >>>the usual crop of bugs, and now I find that some shortcuts on the
    >>>desktop will not work.
    >>>
    >>> Is there some file for this that I might have erased by mistake?
    >>>
    >>> Please help, Frank
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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