Looking for: Dead Shortcut/Link (.LNK) Finder

  1. Posts : 36
    10 Enterprise LTSB

    Looking for: Dead Shortcut/Link (.LNK) Finder

    Does anyone know of an app/script to:
    1. scan whole folder/drive
    2. find all files ending in .lnk (i.e. shortcuts)
    3. if the thing that it's pointing to does not exist -> alert me / flag it / delete it / etc

    I'll continue searching online, but I must not be using the right keywords or it's hard to find.
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 5,478

    You could copy/paste this into powershell. It will make a file MissingTargets.txt on your desktop containing shortcuts where the target doesn't exist. Just need to change the drive letter D:\ in the first line.
    $Shortcuts = Get-ChildItem -Recurse "D:\" -Include *.lnk
    $Shell = New-Object -ComObject WScript.Shell
    foreach ($Shortcut in $Shortcuts)
    	$Properties = @{
    	ShortcutName = $Shortcut.Name
    	Path = $Shortcut.FullName
    	ShortcutDirectory = $Shortcut.DirectoryName
    	Target = $Shell.CreateShortcut($Shortcut).targetpath
    	New-Object PSObject -Property $Properties
    	if (-not (Test-Path $Properties.Target)) {$Properties.Path>>$env:homeDrive$env:homePath\Desktop\MissingTargets.txt} 
    If you wanted to delete them instead of reporting them then change the line at the end from
    if (-not (Test-Path $Properties.Target)) {$Properties.Path>>$env:homeDrive$env:homePath\Desktop\MissingTargets.txt}
    if (-not (Test-Path $Properties.Target)) {Remove-Item $Properties.Path -Force -ErrorAction 0}
    Based on this code [Powershell] Get Shortcut Target : AskGreg
      My Computer

  3. Posts : 35,444
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    This is pretty good:
    Fix Shortcuts - Scan and Fix broken shorcuts on you computer
    That states Win 10 compatible. Freeware for personal use.
    Looking for: Dead Shortcut/Link (.LNK) Finder-fixshortcuts.jpg
    Older tool here:
    Search, Identify And Resolve Broken Shortcuts
    (not tried)

    (Searched for "detect scan for dead shortcuts")
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Looking for: Dead Shortcut/Link (.LNK) Finder-snap-2017-03-22-08.05.49.jpg  
    Last edited by dalchina; 22 Mar 2017 at 03:32.
      My Computers


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