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Published on 05.22.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable the Search-based Method when Resolving Shell Shortcuts

Learn how to disable the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts in Windows 7.

Prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive to resolve a shortcut.

By default, when the system cannot find the target file for a shortcut (.lnk), it searches all paths associated with the shortcut. If the target file is located on an NTFS partition, the system then uses the target’s file ID to find a path. If the resulting path is not correct, it conducts a comprehensive search of the target drive in an attempt to find the file.

If you enable this setting, the system does not conduct the final drive search. It just displays a message explaining that the file is not found.

Note: This setting only applies to target files on NTFS partitions. FAT partitions do not have this ID tracking and search capability.

Disable the Search-based Method when Resolving Shell Shortcuts

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Start Menu and Taskbar in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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