Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Stevo, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Stevo

    Stevo Guest

    I installed a game it placed shotcut icon on desktop.
    Game didnt install properly so uninstalled.

    Now it want let me delete the shortcut as it says that it cant find the

    How do I delete this pesky shortcut?
    There is no security info under that tab under properties it seems there is
    no way to delete this shotcut file, this is rediculas!!

    Can anyone help please thanks steve.
    Stevo, Apr 27, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    How are you trying to delete the shortcut? It sounds like you're
    left-clicking on it and perhaps have your mouse set to single-click,
    therefore the game is trying to run. Try right-clicking and then choose

    Malke, Apr 28, 2007
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    brink Guest

    I agree with Malke, but also try right clicking your desktop & click
    REFRESH. Sometimes Vista just doesn't refresh that quickly & the Icon
    shortcut is still visible even though it's not really there. Go figure.

    brink, Apr 29, 2007
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    DWHgreen Guest

    I also have this problem. I downloaded a program for a virtual site and
    created a shortcut. I have thoroughly uninstalled the program files. Now when
    I try to delete or remove the shortcut icon from my desktop either by
    dragging it to recycle bin or by right clicking on it and selecting delete
    from the drop-down menu, I get a message box telling me the shortcut icon
    cannot be deleted because the file does not exist. I just want to get this
    icon off my desktop. Does someone have the solution?
    DWHgreen, Dec 16, 2007
  5. Try to open the shortcut... Windows will warning you that the shortcut link
    is invalid and will ask you if you want to delete that shortcut.
    Bogdan Florian, Sep 1, 2008
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    MEFF14 Guest

    None of this information helps at all !!!!! I have the same problem as
    DWHgreen Please Help!! and sorry to bring up a old post but this has all
    the information that dose not work and the same problems i have
    MEFF14, Dec 1, 2009
  7. We've no idea whatsoever what you are talking about. You are replying
    to and old thread that no longer exists on the newserver,

    John John - MVP, Dec 1, 2009
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    MEFF14 Guest

    MEFF14, Dec 1, 2009
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    hkim295 Guest

    I had the same exact problem after uninstalling a program and trying to
    delete that oh so annoying shortcut on my desktop by dragging it to the
    recycling bin.

    What you can do is right-click your desktop and click "refresh". After
    doing this, my shortcut disappeared. Good luck!
    hkim295, Apr 26, 2010
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    druff Guest

    I followed hkim295 instructions, the shortcut is gone. thank
    druff, May 6, 2010
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    Greco Guest

    Try to open the shortcut... Windows will warning you that the shortcu
    is invalid and will ask you if you want to delete that shortcut
    Greco, May 12, 2010
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