undeletable shortcut

  1. Posts : 247
    windows 10

    undeletable shortcut

    I created a desktop shortcut (to a website) that I want to delete but cannot do so.
    When I attempt to delete it I get this popup Window:
    undeletable shortcut-delsc.jpg

    I never had any problems with my INTERNET SECURITY settings as described in this window, so I'm reluctant to change anything about them.

    The name of the shortcut name itself contains lots of words (not sure how that happened) and when I look at its PROPERTIES it shows:

    Not sure where that \\?\ came from either.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who has an idea how I can delete this shortcut.
    I'm running Windows 10 Pro 22H2.
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  2. NTN
    Posts : 969
    W10 19045.2546


    DEL: stands for the delete option
    /F: stands for the force delete option
    /Q: stands for quite a mode option.
    /A: stands for various file attributes such as read-only, hidden, ready for archiving, etc.
    /C: stands for your main drive. In most of the cases, it is the "C:" drive

    In your case it should be, in CMD(adm):
    DEL /F /Q /A \\?\C:\Users\bromberg.DESKTOP-V44B91G\Desktop
    DEL /F /Q /A C:\Users\bromberg.DESKTOP-V44B91G\Desktop

    ...I think.
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  3. Posts : 247
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks! Your first suggestion worked!
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  4. NTN
    Posts : 969
    W10 19045.2546

      My Computers


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