Lots of folder shortcuts following Creators Update.


  1. Posts : 2,976
    Windows 11
       #1

    Lots of folder shortcuts following Creators Update.


    The picture probably explains better, not sure why they've been created, they are all access is denied. Delete?

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  2. Posts : 5,200
    Windows 11 Home
       #2

    They are symlinks, unless you are really bothered by it, you should not remove them. Like "My Documents" symlink links to the real "Documents" folder, so if some software would want to save to the old location, Windows would put it to the new one, to one folder, so you would not have 2 Documents folders.

    The Complete Guide to Creating Symbolic Links (aka Symlinks) on Windows
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  3. Posts : 2,976
    Windows 11
    Thread Starter
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    Are these in any way linked to the Windows.old and Creators Update? Maybe these were always there, sorry I can't remember, it seemed like more following the upgrade...
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  4. Posts : 25,045
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    These symbolic links have always been there, they were there in 10240. The 'My Music', 'My (this that and the other)' are for backward compatibility.

    The are all hidden, if this is the first time you've seen them it's probably because you haven't had 'show hidden files and folders' turned on before.
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  5. Posts : 2,976
    Windows 11
    Thread Starter
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    No, I've always had 'show hidden files and folders' turned on. I have My Music, Pictures, Videos symbolic links in My Documents folder and I'm pretty sure they weren't there before??
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  6. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
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    Kol12 said:
    No, I've always had 'show hidden files and folders' turned on. I have My Music, Pictures, Videos symbolic links in My Documents folder and I'm pretty sure they weren't there before??
    You better check it out! And, be careful what you choose to delete, I think you're showing 'Super Hidden', crucial system files and folders!!!

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  7. Posts : 25,045
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Edwin said:
    I think you're showing 'Super Hidden', crucial system files and folders!!!
    Ah, that would be it - turning on 'show hidden files' AND 'show protected system files'. I always turn those on, I like to see everything that's on my PC, so I've been seeing those symbolic links since Day 1.
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  8. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
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    Bree said:
    Ah, that would be it - turning on 'show hidden files' AND 'show protected system files'. I always turn those on, I like to see everything that's on my PC, so I've been seeing those symbolic links since Day 1.
    I often must turn on the later to find my custom 'Super Hid' folders, (as long as I pin them to Quick Access!)

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