Vista desktop shortcut "ghost" removal

By Sean Courtney
Mar 17, 2010
  1. I hope this is the right place to put this as it is about my Vista desktop. I have deleted some programs that hade a desktop short cut. Now the ghost images remain but I cannot remove them. If I right click on them (to delect delete) Vista freezes. How do I remove these ghost images?

    Mods, If this is the wrong place for this please move it.
  2. ucould2

    ucould2 TS Guru Posts: 271

    Have you ever defraged the hard drive?
    Do you know how to do a COLD BOOT?
    If you always shut down your computer using the 'Hibernate' feature in Windows you should use the the 'Disc Defragmenter' and 'Shut down' your machine periodically, to de-clutter (bit like dusting the furniture - the dust just arrives you don't know from where it just does :) )

    Edit Does dragging and dropping the icon-shortcut (left mouse button hold in / on) to the Recycle bin freeze Vista?

    < left click once on 'My Computer'
    < right click on 'My Computer' from the drop down menu
    < left click 'Manage'
    < open the 'Storage' profile and from the tree menu select 'Disk Defragmenter' ( see attached .bmp file )
    < select the main HDD should be 'SYSTEM (C: )'
    < click on 'Analyse' and the colored bar should appear after a moment
    < click 'Defragment' and the process is initiated and running (you will need 15% free space on the drive for it to "Run")
    In the very bottom bar of the screen it will give you a running progress. When this reaches 100% the program will give a 'View Report' option you can save this, choose to store it where you will remember where it is. Close the screen and at this point I recommend shutting the computer down completely so it might be worthwhile begging this when you are about to leave the computer for the day. :)

    Attached Files:

  3. Sean Courtney

    Sean Courtney TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, thanks.
  4. CAMusing

    CAMusing TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Go to C:\Users\(Your Name)\Desktop and C:\Users\Public\Desktop and delete
    You may have to use Administrator Account.
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