Can't create an internet shortcut on Desktop

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  1. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with all updates
       #1

    Can't create an internet shortcut on Desktop


    Hi,
    I've just reinstalled windows 10 version 1511 OS Build 10586.104 on my Acer Laptop. When I try to create a Desktop Shortcut to an Internet website, such as... the BBC News I am unable to do so....

    I right click on the desktop, choose 'NEW then Shortcut. I enter "https://www.bbc.co.uk/news" in the "Type the location of the item box and then click 'Next'. I then see a popup box which states "The file Home - BBC News cannot be found"

    I've never experienced this kind of error before! I can create shortcuts to my C: drive and D: drive or files on my Laptop, OK, but I am unable to create any shortcuts to internet websites... My wifi is working fine and I can access the BBC website directly just typing the address in my Browser (Chrome Version 115.0.5790.171 (Official Build) (64-bit))

    I would really appreciate a solution to this puzzling problem....

    Kind Regards to all........

    Willum
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  2. Posts : 584
    win 10
       #2

    this is what i do is go to website you want for the shortcut. then copy the address then right click on desktop choose new then short cut then paste the address in then next then enter a name of the short cut.
    does that work?
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  3. Posts : 2,987
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #3

    Are you okay with running Windows Update?
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  4. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with all updates
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Can't create Desktop Shortcuts to URLs


    Many Thanks Guys.........That is more or less what I do, but it still results in the error !!

    windows updates are OK
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  5. Posts : 17,041
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #5

    Willum08 said:
    windows updates are OK
    Willum,

    Does this problem occur if you try doing it in a different user account, even if you have to create one for the test?
    Does this problem occur if you update to a Windows 10 Version that has not been out of support for six years?


    All the best,
    Denis



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  6. Posts : 32,086
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    Willum08 said:
    I've just reinstalled windows 10 version 1511 OS Build 10586.104 on my Acer Laptop.....
    Is there a good reason for installing a version of Windows that is now seven and a half years old?
    Release Date: 09/02/2016
    Version: OS Build 10586.104
    https://support.microsoft.com/topic/...4-2a542c0de25a

    ....and that has been out of support for nearly six years?
    Windows 10 version 1511 will reach end of service on October 10, 2017. Devices running this operating system will no longer receive the monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats. To continue receiving security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of Windows 10.
    https://support.microsoft.com/topic/...2-4a8128757e96
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  7. Posts : 87
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #7

    You might want to get the latest version and install a fresh copy instead of doing many updates.
    Once you do a clean install then create a image file using say EaseUS Todo Backup or Macrium Reflect
    Others to look at here: Best free backup software and services 2023 | PCWorld

    Create a base image then another image file when you install everything and maybe a third with all your files.
    I use Bvckup 2 Pro for Workstation $49.99 Bvckup 2 | Simple fast backup to copy my files to another hard drive to another internal and a external drive.

    Windows 10 2022 Update | Version 22H2
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    Create Windows 10 installation media - Will need a flash drive for Pro as it is too big now to fit on a dvd. Can create a disc dvd if you have the license for the Home version.
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  8. Posts : 43,291
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    Are you perhaps stuck with such an old build of Windows because your laptop is from around 2012?
    Doesn't seem so as you then say updates are ok...

    You can freely create a new bootable Win 10 install disk using the MS media creation tool.

    A different way to create an internet shortcut
    For interest:
    a. open the site in your browser.
    b. click (and hold) the lock symbol in your browser's address bar and drag that to your desktop.
    c. A shortcut should be created to that URL.

    Using the address you gave works in a new shortcut for me.
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  9. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with all updates
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Hi and thanks for all the advice it is truly appreciated.... My laptop is indeed an oldie ! and the only copy I had of Win10 on a DVD was also an oldie. After doing some more internet searches, I also found the procedure (b) which you suggested above and that worked fine ! so the basic problem is now fixed... I still don't understand why the simple method I was originally trying to use (Right Click on desktop ....etc..) That method has been around on Windows for many years! and has always worked in the past.....

    Anyway, I will act on your advice and download a newer version of Win 10 and create a bootable USB stick.....

    Again, Thank you all very much for your time and patience in answering my questions... This is truly a great Forum !!
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  10. Posts : 43,291
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10



    You can of course upgrade your existing installation if happy with it, e.g. by using Windows Update, or by running setup.exe from the boot disk, or clean installing as you prefer.

    Do bear in mind that occasionally old (unsupported) PCs will work with builds of Win 10 up to a point, then there's an incompatibility.


    Disk Imaging As soon as you have a build you're happy with (perhaps including this one) start creating disk images of at least all partitions comprising the O/S using a 3rd party program such as Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper.
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