Deleting Shortcut with no Properties

By dutch · 11 replies
Dec 19, 2006
  1. How can I delete a shortcut, located on Desktop, to a website in IE?
    The link no longer has Properties associated with it, nor can I drag it to Trash.
    Tried: deleting in Safe Mode, ran chk dsk, etc, etc. Nothing worked.
    When clicking Properties message telling me: "The proprties for this item are not available".
    Any suggestions as to how I can fix this problem?

    OS is Windows 2000.

  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    It may be linked to the current logon, create a new admin user and use that account to access the desktop where the link is and see if you can delete it that way.

    Otherwise slave the drive to another PC and get rid of it that way.

    Persistance is great, in the right circumstances.

  3. dutch

    dutch TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the response. Unfortunately the procedure you outlined is totally over my head.
    Was wondering if this shortcut without properties, has a target somewhere in the system that could be accessed. The window that comes up when right clicking does not have a line for a "target".
  4. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Really not that hard, but might not work.

    What window? Do you mean the right-click menu?
    I'm just trying to get things clarified here

    What I know on "undeleteable shortcuts":
    It is possible to create undeleteable "shortcuts" in the registry, but these aren't real shortcuts and cannot be deleted from the filesystem. The "Recycle bin" is an example of that, although you can delete it on some systems, if not the delete option can be enabled through the registry.

    If this is your case, then you would have to locate it in the registry by searching for it's name, but from the info you have given me, I really can't say. Could you provide a screenshot and the name of the "shortcut" and also tell us what happens when you click on it?
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Try selecting the icon/shortcut and press shift + delete keys.
  6. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Look creating a user is as simple as going to the control panel,, hang on step by step

    Start > Settings > Control Panel > users and passwords> then just add a user and make sure it is set as an administrator,

    Now log off and log back on as the new user, once you have a desktop bring up Explorer and navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Desktop, where xxxx is the name you normally log on with.

    Once there see if you can delete the shortcut...

    The other method requires another PC running XP or 2K, you add your Hard drive to that machine, this will enable you to access the files on your drive without it being a booted device.

    If any of these methods are to much for you, then leave the shortcut as it is, because you risk (in your ignorance, and no offense meant there) messing up your PC should you meddle any further, you could always find a PC savvy friend and let them do it.

  7. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    When writing long posts please, Ctrl+C, then refresh the page, then Ctrl+V.
  8. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    umm post edited , where did that last bit come from ?/
  9. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Most likely you were typing your post while I was still editing mine.
    You were seeing an old version of my post when you wrote yours.
    I often click the PQR button and then immediately realize that I forgot something.

    In any case no harm done. :)
  10. dutch

    dutch TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Followed your suggestion.....nothing happened. Thanks
  11. dutch

    dutch TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your response and words of wisdom.
    I did speak with a friend in the computer busines who said he has a "tool" to deal with the problem.
    As you suggested.....I'll stop trying to fix myself and risk making it worse.

    Merry Xmas
  12. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    Cool, im glad your friend can help you out with the problem.

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