Desktop shortcuts on Windows 7 disappear automatically!

Issue:

There are two scheduled maintenance tasks that run to remove both broken and unused shortcuts on the desktop when there are more than 4 detected. This unfortunately deletes shortcuts where they are not broken, just temporarily unavailable, such as on Remote Sites. The default run time is weekly at 1:00AM.
Resolution:
Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2642357 and run the “FixIt myself” sections until MS fixes the FixIts. The FixIt’s on the page don’t work due to this: “Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the “Applies to” section.”
Hooray!
This is how to perform the fixes manually:
You need to run REGEDIT as an admin.
1. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ScheduledDiagnostics\
2. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
3. Type IsBrokenShortcutsTSEnabled, and then press ENTER.
4. Right-click IsBrokenShortcutsTSEnabled, and then click Modify.
5. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
6. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ScheduledDiagnostics\
7. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
8. Type IsUnusedDesktopIconsTSEnabled, and then press ENTER.
9. Right-click IsUnusedDesktopIconsTSEnabled, and then click Modify.
10. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
11. Exit Registry Editor.
It will not delete the shortcuts any more!
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2 responses to “Desktop shortcuts on Windows 7 disappear automatically!

  1. Did you try this? It doesn’t work on my Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit machines.

    • I have since tried it and it doesn’t work. I read that disabling automated tasks (there is a service for this, but it also disables things like auto-defrag and others) to stop it from deleting icons. Sorry.