desktop shortcuts don't work

  profi 00:19 26 Aug 06

I have a new Dell 5150c running Windows XP. I cannot set up desktop shortcuts, or rather I can set them up but when I try to connect to the .exe file, etc I receive the error message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

I am the only user.

  igk 00:59 26 Aug 06

I take it you have admin privilages?
do a properties on each shortcut and see the "start in" and "Target" these you can alter if they are incorect by browsing to the exe concerned on your pc also check your "set programme access and defaults" to see if anything wrong there.HTH...

  profi 01:08 26 Aug 06

1. Yes.
2. Seems okay.

I can open the progs through My Computer, Programs, etc and also through Start, All Programs. However when I right click the prog (or .exe file) create a shortcut, and drag it to the desktop - up pops the error message!

  Eric10 10:37 26 Aug 06

Have you tried right-clicking the .exe and choosing Send To, Desktop (create shortcut). This should create the shortcut directly on your desktop.

  profi 11:39 26 Aug 06

Just tried this, but got the same results.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:41 26 Aug 06 - Download TweakUI and choose the repair icons option
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  profi 12:10 26 Aug 06

Sadly, no change.

  VoG II 12:14 26 Aug 06

Try repairing the file association for LNK files click here

  profi 12:34 26 Aug 06

Still the same, I'm afraid

  VoG II 12:44 26 Aug 06

click here - DO NOT click on View Solution or you'll be asked to subscribe. Just scroll down to see suggested fixes.

  profi 15:59 26 Aug 06

Looks like someone wasn't to thrilled by my by-passing the subscription, and has removed the information.

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