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Windows 7 shortcuts automatically disappear

Desktop Shortcuts are being deleted automatically, not by you or anyone else but the system does it for you.

Read on to find out how to turn off the system maintenance that does this routine.

Have you come across that your desktop shortcuts are automatically gone from your desktop and you haven't done anything?

And you suspect some ghost playing around on your desktop or your having hallucination.

Yes, they  will be automatically disappear  even you don't do anything.

It's nothing fancy about it. Windows 7 will  automatically delete your desktop shortcuts when it does a routine maintenance.

It is documented in  Microsoft site from  this link:
       http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978980?wa=wsignin1.0

Quote from Microsoft knowledge base Article ID 978980

On your Windows 7 PC, shortcuts that you create on the desktop may be missing.

This can happen if the System Maintenance troubleshooter detects the shortcuts as broken.

The System Maintenance troubleshooter performs a weekly maintenance of the operating system. The System Maintenance troubleshooter either fixes problems automatically or reports problems through Action Center. When there are more than four broken shortcuts on the desktop, the System Maintenance troubleshooter automatically removes all broken shortcuts from the desktop.

You need to turn off System Maintenance as a workaround on this problem.

Follow the steps below to turn off System Maintenance:

Click on the Windows Logo and type "resolve issues" (don't include the quotes) on the search box.

While typing those word "resolve issues" if there any documents that matches those words, it will also be included on the search results.

From the search results, find a sentence that says "Review your computer's status and resolve issues".

Click on "Review your computer's status and resolve issues"

A new window will open, click on "Troubleshooting", which can be found on the lower left corner of the screen.

On the new window that will open, Click on "Change Settings" on the upper left of the screen.

Then Click on "Turn Off" on the System Maintenance window.

That's it, your Desktop Shortcuts will not be deleted. No Ghost would be playing around to delete your shortcuts.


Hope it helps someone!!!

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