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


  1. Posts : 36
    10 Enterprise LTSB
       #1

    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
    2004
       #2

    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.
    Code:
    $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
    Code:
    if (-not (Test-Path $Properties.Target)) {$Properties.Path>>$env:homeDrive$env:homePath\Desktop\MissingTargets.txt}
    to
    Code:
    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)
       #3

    This is pretty good:
    Fix Shortcuts - Scan and Fix broken shorcuts on you computer
    That states Win 10 compatible. Freeware for personal use.
    http://www.puransoftware.com/screens...xShortcuts.jpg
    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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