I cant delete a shortcut from start menu!

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  1. Bio-Hazard

    Bio-Hazard Registered Member

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    Hello!

    I have weird problem. I have put a siw.exe (standalone version) on to my left side of my start menu. I want delete it from there but i am unable to do that. I have tried everything i know. I have tried Unlocker, Safe Mode and and just deleting the program where i put it. Any advice would be great?
     
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    If something is making use of the file, and not permitting it to be deleted or moved while in use, you could try MoveOnBoot. It will let you move or delete something during your next reboot, if it's removal is being hampered by it's state of use.
     
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    Right Click on your Start Menu. Click on the "Open all user" entry.
    See if you can find the shortcut listing there.
    Delete the entry. If the program is running, you may not be able to delete until closed. Assuming that your login is the same as when shortcut created.
     
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    It is not there, but thank you for your advice.
     
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    Question: Is the app still onboard, and in the same location as when you created the shortcut? XP or V$?

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    the app is still in the same place. Other shortcuts i can remove. I am using XP. It was actually a exe file that is there. It is a standalone version of SIW.
     
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    Be back in a few. ;)

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    Thanks GlobalForce!
     
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    Doesn't sound right. Corruption perhap's. Does the shortcut work? No? If it's still in the bin, restore it, retry.

    To confirm .... are you telling us you're unable to delete it from you're user profile's, start menu folder?
    *PS - There's a registry entry for sure though not on win to confirm atm. Later unless ....

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    Safe mode?

    EDIT apologies, you already tried that I see.
     
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    Shortcut works! I havent deleted it yet. Not from the users profile in the start menu folder. It is not there. The shortcut is on the side where you can have your shortcuts for email client and internet. It is the side where you can drag and drop shortcuts foe easy access. In normal deletion i can just right click the shortcut and choose remove from the list. So the other side of the start menu.
     
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    I have tried safe mode aswell...no luck. When i right click on it and ask it to remove it from the list...nothing happens!

    Thank you everyone!
     
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    "When i right click ...." - You most likely have other issue's I as of yet haven't been able to address. Later perhap's ....

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    What about right-clicking the desktop then and 'arrange icons by' and choose cleanup desktop wizard.

    Choose and remove the shortcut and delete the folder 'Removed desktop shortcuts' which then appears on the desktop.

    worth a try.
     
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    Thanks Stapp and GolbalForce!

    Well it is a interesting problem. Not a big one but annoying.
     
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    You try that script yet? As an aside .... you wouldn't happen to run any :eek: "registry cleaner's," now would you? :cautious:

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    Click the Start Menu icon
    Right click on the shortcut wanting to be deleted.
    Click properties.
    Click the General tab.
    There you should see the full folder path in the location window, such as
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
    also, you will see the type of file being deleted.

    Close the windows and the Right click the Start Menu icon
    Click on the "Open All users" entry or the user name shown above
    The shortcut entry will either be there or go up (or down) the directory tree until you find the user folder matching the one listed in the shortcut properties above.

    You should be able to delete the entry. (boot into Safe Mode if necessary). The entry will properly not delete if SIW is actually running. You will need to se the same login for deletion as ued when creating the shortcut.
     
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    You don't have it pinned to the start menu do you ?

    Find the siw.exe file and unpin it from the start menu.

    I think this information is stored in the registry, it's not really a .lnk file at all.

    Have a nice Day !!

    rrrh1 :)
     
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    I did but didnt work. I do run registry cleaner :(
     
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    I have tried that...didnt work.!
     
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    To rephrase that, do you ok the result's after running an automated registry cleaner? Which one?
    Would you mind telling us how this start menu shortcut came to be?
    How about Grover's suggestion? Will it accept a rename?
    *Include the executable's current location.

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    Review "first thing's to try" here - http://filext.com/faq/broken_exe_association.php
    Sould that not help, line twelve, left side - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    Try to answer all first part question's when replying. ;)


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    Yes i did, i am using JV 16 Powertools. I had this SIW standalone version on my second hard drive and i drag and dropped into my start menu (left side).

    It wont accept rename. I also did what Grover suggested...nothing happened.

    Is there a way to restore default settings into start menu?

    I think i just leave it and get use to it :D

    Thank you for your help everyone!
     
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    Assuming the shortcut is "pinned", you should be able to get rid of it by deleting certain keys from the registry. Unfortunately, deleting them will delete all pinned shortcuts (with the possible exception of IE) but repinning is a relatively simple matter.

    First, of course, you'll want to backup your registry.

    Next, navigate to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage

    Then, delete the following:

    Favorites
    FavoritesChanges
    FavoritesResolve


    Finally, reboot. Shortcuts that were previously pinned should now be gone. Good luck!
     
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    Check my last post again, there's an update. This below, dropped into the start menu of a different drive?
    *I had this SIW standalone version on my second hard drive and I drag and dropped into my start menu ...."

    One choice when considering registry backup - http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/


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