Monday 30 May 2016

Suddenly your Desktop shortcuts vanish

Applies to mostly all Windows 7 versions

You find yourself losing shortcuts on the sudden from your desktop.

Obviously the 'Windows devil' did its job :-) There's a service called System Maintenance troubleshooter which when it 'thinks' or indeed finds that you have broken shortcuts.

Broken shortcuts are those which apparently point to nowhere or the file, folder or application pointing at was either deleted or moved.

The System Maintenance troubleshooter performs a weekly maintenance of the operating system. It tries to either fix problems or report them to the 'action centre'. If it finds more than 4 broken shortcuts then removes all of them (broken).

To solve the problem you can either:

You can do something with your shortcuts with broken links to be at least 4 or less on your desktop. You can move all the rest to a folder on the desktop. The troubleshooter will not go in there.

But although Microsoft recommends to do something with your shortcut like above, you can always just 'shut down' the System Maintenance troubleshooter.

To do so,

1. Click on Start and then on Control Panel

If System and Security is not displayed you will need to change how you are viewing Control Panel. To change your view, click the down arrow in View by and select Category. View by is located in the top right corner of the Control Panel.
2. Under System and Security, click Find and fix problems.

3. On the left navigation pane, click Change settings.

4.  Set Computer Maintenance to Off.