Windows 10: Do I need "Distributed Link Tracking Client"? Solved

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  1.    16 Jun 2015 #1

    Do I need "Distributed Link Tracking Client"?


    Read up on it, cant quite make it out if it's to my disadvantage (and how) in every day Computer life if I have it disabled.

    I had to disable it because it was the reason I could not safely eject external drives (in this case SATA drives connected to the USB 3 port) in Windows 10 since that service was blocking the removal process by keeping an active open handle to the hidden System Volume Information Folder and the tracking.log file therein.

    Disabling it also finally allowed me to delete the SVI Folders on those external drives.

    Does anyone have that service disabled for a longer period of time and can feedback their experience?

    Also, does anyone know how to really really disable the Recovery Bin on such external drives? I can delete them but Windows just restores Recovery Bin functionality. I dont need it there, and I dont want it.
    The Recycle Bin Properties (dont move files to the....) for those kind of drives doesnt work, I assume the enclosure controller Signals Windows what kind of hdd it is and Windows acts accordingly.
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  2.    16 Jun 2015 #2

    No, you don't "need" it, but some functionality won't work right if you disable it.

    What the DLTC does is keep track of shortcuts. If, for example, in your start menu, you have a shortcut to an application or folder, then you move that folder to another location, the DLTC will update the location in the shortcut so it will still be accessible. Without this service, the link becomes broken and you would have to track down the location and re-create the link.
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  3.    16 Jun 2015 #3

    That's it? I can live with that.

    I would leave it on, but I havent found a way for it to not lock up my external drives.
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  4.    16 Jun 2015 #4

    Also, apparently the AVG anti-virus app uses the Distributed Link Tracking Client for scanning, so disabling it if you have AVG may be problematic.
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  5.    16 Jun 2015 #5

    Nah, ESET.

    Can't believe they cant program that service in a more clever way in Windows 10. It's not like SATA enclosures hooked up through USB are a novelty nowadays.
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  6.    16 Jun 2015 #6

    You have to be very careful when disabling system services as many do more than the documentation states. You won't find complete documentation anywhere.

    I have had unpleasant consequences from disabling system services in the past and have no desire to repeat them.
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  7.    16 Jun 2015 #7

    Thanks, I know. But in this case, at least for now and as far as I can see, the undocumented and documented services provided by this service are way offset by the disadvantages it does.

    I wish MS would finally understand that it is my hardware and I want it to run and be managed the way I want. Not the way they think it should be.
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       16 Jun 2015 #8

    loungebob said: View Post
    Thanks, I know. But in this case, at least for now and as far as I can see, the undocumented and documented services provided by this service are way offset by the disadvantages it does.

    I wish MS would finally understand that it is my hardware and I want it to run and be managed the way I want. Not the way they think it should be.
    maybe Linux would be more suited for you ,A lot, if not to much user input need to use it ,,, I'm just kidding of course
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  9.    16 Jun 2015 #9

    Yeah I know, I run Linux and OS X too. But to be honest, I love my Windows. It takes me a couple of weeks after every major release to get it exactly the way I want but when it is there, I'm, most productive and fastest on Windows.
    And dont get me started on Apple and OS X and their thinking to know what's best for EVERYONE.
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  10.    01 Jul 2015 #10

    Well, build 10159 solved the safely eject issue for me so I'm closing this as solved.
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