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#1 Cuessane

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:33 PM

I am unable to create a new shortcut on the desktop, or in any folder. When I click New -> Shortcut, nothing happens. The registry entry that determines whether you can create a new shortcut is intact (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew), and I even ran the command from the 'Run' command to be sure that appwiz.cpl was still intact, and I did not need to run System File Checker.

I used the RUN: rundll32.exe appwiz.cpl,NewLinkHere %userprofile%\desktop\ command line, and the New Shortcut Wizard opens just fine when the command line is run. It first asks for the location of the item to create a shortcut for, then asks you to name the shortcut. When you click finish, nothing happens. The window stays open, and just does not do anything. Also, the Favorite Links usually listed on the left of a folder view have been removed, and even clicking and dragging items in does not create a new shortcut.

I have used every scan I could think of, but nothing is coming up with any problems, other than tracking cookies. The list includes SUPER AntiSpyWare, HiJackThis, Spybot S&D, RootkitBuster, CCleaner, MBAM, several online scans, as well as having Avast and Windows Defender running 24/7. I first believed this and another problem were caused by some type of virus or 'ware, but now I am beginning to believe this is just a registry error, rather than an infection of some kind, and would like to find the cause of the problem.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 12:39 AM

Can you right click on the program you are wanting to shortcut, select copy, right click your desktop and select Paste Shortcut?

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 12:47 AM

Yes, I am still able to paste a shortcut to the desktop. Just the New Shortcut option that is not working.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:45 PM

Try running SFC.EXE /SCANNOW from an elevated command prompt.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:54 PM

Had tried that before, tried it again, just to be sure. No integrity errors. This is really starting to bug me, I cant find anything that would point to what the problem is. The funny thing is, I can still paste a shortcut to the desktop manually with the copy and paste shortcut commands, and when installing a program, if I tell it to place a shortcut on the desktop during installation, it places it fine. It is just me as the user that cannot place one.

Anything else you can think of (other than a reinstall lol), please feel free to make suggestions.

Edited by Cuessane, 10 March 2009 - 09:55 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:06 PM

Well, it seems to me that it can't be with explorer.exe - as it's one of the protected files that SFC.EXE checks.

I wonder what sort of changes you've made to your system - tweaks/modifications/security apps. That could be affecting the issue.
Also, it could be a problem with permissions in the registry (I've seen leftovers in the registry like this when removing malware). Here's a couple of links that may help:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/usas...?showentry=1378
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/usas...?showentry=1415

Just shooting from the hip here, but have you checked Event Viewer for errors in the Application (and maybe System) log file at the times that you try to create the shortcuts?

Can you...click on an icon, drag it away from it's original location, and then press the "Alt" key (before releasing) to make a new shortcut? Can you do this on your Desktop, in the root of the C: drive, and in the Public Desktop/folders? This may tell us if it's a permissions issue.
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:01 PM

I wonder what sort of changes you've made to your system - tweaks/modifications/security apps. That could be affecting the issue.


Other than now having SpyBot S&D and Super AntiSpyware running permanently, I haven't modified anything to do with security that I know of.

Just shooting from the hip here, but have you checked Event Viewer for errors in the Application (and maybe System) log file at the times that you try to create the shortcuts?


Nothing coming up at the times I attempt to create the shortcuts.

Can you...click on an icon, drag it away from it's original location, and then press the "Alt" key (before releasing) to make a new shortcut? Can you do this on your Desktop, in the root of the C: drive, and in the Public Desktop/folders? This may tell us if it's a permissions issue.


I can do it to my desktop, but when attemtping to do it in the root of the C: and in the Public Desktop folder, it told me I couldnt place that here, and would I like to place a shortcut on my desktop.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:56 PM

This link should help you resolve the problem with your shortcuts. It's a 'file association' problem:
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/...dows-Vista.html

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 11:44 PM

I went to the first link usasma suggested, and went to this site: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm and got the LNK (Shortcut) file association fix. I attempted to run it, but when I try to run the file directly, or to import it using regedit in admin mode, it gives me the error: "Cannot import C:\Users\Public\Documents\Security Programs\linkfile_fix.eg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes." Doesn't seem to be a permissions problem, just a file in use problem. I tried in normal and safe mode, same result either way. I had all antivirus and security programs deactivated while attempting the fix.

Any suggestions as to how to close or stop whatever is using the files and stopping the fix from completing?

EDIT: Ok, I decided while I waited for more input to go to the link that Jacee provided, and got the LNK fix from there, ran it, and it seems to have fixed the problem. I can now create new shortcuts on the desktop, and my 'Favorite Links' seem to have returned to my folders.

Any ideas as to what could have caused the file association problems, and how to avoid it in the future?

Edited by Cuessane, 12 March 2009 - 12:06 AM.


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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:09 AM

Nice catch Jacee!

It seems that there's something using that registry key when you try things, and most likely you caught it at a time it wasn't being used.
It's not a permissions issue - because permissions would never have allowed it to happen (they're always "on").

What was using it is a mystery - but "Nothing succeeds like success!"
I'd suspect SpyBot, but I haven't used it in a couple of years and am unfamiliar with it's workings.
Glad you got it fixed!

Edited by usasma, 12 March 2009 - 09:09 AM.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 12:01 PM

Good to know and thanks for the feedback Cuessane :huh:

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 07:11 PM

Thanks again for all the help folks! Glad it didnt turn out to be something more vicious, and a simple fix in the end.




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