Windows 10: Windows Can't Find Target

  1.    21 Aug 2017 #1

    Windows Can't Find Target

    Hi. I successfully used regedit to clear annoying proliferating blue arrows (bottom left) from flashdrive folders and desktop icons (shortcuts) on my desktop. My notebook is another story.

    Desktop - success, everything works normally including my flashdrive.

    Notebook - insert flashdrive can't open certain folders - and I get the 'Windows Can't Find Target' warning when right clicking to open.

    Note that this behaviour is not seen on all folders. I can open some folders on my flashdrive normally. Whereas others refuse to open.

    I hope that makes sense.


    Win 10 x64
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  2.    21 Aug 2017 #2

    Hi, here's a far safer and fully reversible way to deal with what I assume you are referring to is the shortcut arrow - there to distinguish shortcuts from files and folders:

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    Free tweaker with full explanation via link.

    Also one of tenforum's vast library of tutorials - which you'll probably find does exactly the same as the above.
    Shortcut Arrow Icon - Change, Remove, or Restore in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    I would hesitate to comment on your laptop if you have perhaps been changing things in the registry. Have you, and do you think there's any correlation with your problem?
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       21 Aug 2017 #3

    PaulMo said: View Post
    this behaviour is not seen on all folders. I can open some folders on my flashdrive normally. Whereas others refuse to open.
    With the flashdrive inserted in the notebook, try right-clicking on a desktop shortcut that works and select 'Properties'. Note the drive letter it uses. Now do the same for a shortcut that doesn't work, does it use the same drive letter?

    I suspect that the reason some shortcuts don't work is that the flashdrive had a different drive letter when you first made that shortcut. If so, you can edit it to give it the right drive letter,
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