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Old 01-02-08, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Windows XP hangs when trying to delete broken shortcut

I am not sure what causes this, I don't remember having this problem before.

When I try to delete/right click on a broken shortcut, for example a shortcut (no matter on which drive it is located on) to a game which I uninstalled, windows hangs for a few seconds, only then it responds.

Any idea what may cause this? I don't think this is normal...
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Old 01-02-08, 03:37 AM   #2
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Default Re: Windows XP hangs when trying to delete broken shortcut

Same issue here, but under Vista
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Old 01-02-08, 04:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: Windows XP hangs when trying to delete broken shortcut

It's normal for both XP and Vista.
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Old 01-02-08, 07:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: Windows XP hangs when trying to delete broken shortcut

it hangs up for short time (5-8 seconds) because windows is looking for the exe. sometimes when the target of the short might be moved. You might get a screen asking if you want to change the location, since the item moved.
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Old 01-02-08, 03:52 PM   #5
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ok I just thought it was weird since its only happening when clicking on a broken game shortcut, not documents.
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Old 01-02-08, 04:22 PM   #6
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yea its normal... windows is stupid like that... same with a network connection... if its not properly setup or incorrect ip the whole system hangs until it times out
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if u want to delete it a quick way u could just delete it from commandline
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Old 01-03-08, 10:56 PM   #8
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This is been going on since the95 days. Its Explorer face it not the best shell out their.

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Old 05-11-10, 10:18 PM   #9
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This is NOT normal Windows behavior and in my case was caused by an Explorer shell extension added by Sony's Securom: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\CmdLineExt_x64.dll (Vista 64-bit).

This shell extension causes Explorer to lag or freeze ("Windows Explorer is not responding") when right-clicking "broken" shortcuts pointing to missing .exe files. I didn't have an issue with other file types.

I was able to fix this using Nirsoft ShellExView by disabling this extension (F7 in ShellExView). I found instructions for solving this issue at http://shellfix.nirsoft.net/fix_shel...ineext_x64.dll

This is one of many issues caused by invasive Securom copy protection malware. Some other Securom shell extensions that may be causing issues are listed here: http://shellfix.nirsoft.net/shell_problems_list.html?o=5. Look for the "CmdLineExt" entries from "Sony DADC".

Keep in mind if you install another game with Securom, this extension will probably become re-enabled and the problem will return.
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Old 05-12-10, 09:55 AM   #10
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All I do when this happens is make a "new folder" drag n drop the shortcut ....wham delete.
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