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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,432
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-01-08 #10

    I must admit that I'm not sure why the shortcut won't work for you then.

    Microsoft Edge should be in the Applications folder though.
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  2. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-01-08 #11

    Contents of Applications folders


    First attachment is list of items in problem account Applications folder.
    Second is list of items in working account Applications folder.

    Do you know from which folders the contents of the Applications folder are derived? I think the contents of AllApps comes from the superset of the following folder/directories:
    - C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    - C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    I would assume that the contents of Applications are the superset of all executable shortcuts (i.e. not folders, not data files) within the directory trees beneath these directories? Plus others? I thought it was supposed to be everything on the machine, but that is obviously not true, if you compare the 2 attachments.

    If/when I figure it out, I will post the solution . . .

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  3. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-01-08 #12

    Solution/Workaround


    To recap, my problem was that my Edge shortcuts in Start Menu and Taskbar got deleted, and the methods specified by Brink didn't work for me to recreate an Edge shortcut. I finally resolved my problem by (1) in an account where Edge was working, going to Applications (shell:AppsFolder), right-clicking on Microsoft Edge, and thus creating a shortcut on that accounts Desktop; (2) back in the problem account, copying the shortcut from the other user's account to the Desktop of the problem users account.

    Somewhat strange behavior followed. First, the shortcut had a default icon, like a document page, but after 30 seconds or so, the Edge icon appeared by itself - I didn't have to use Properties to change the icon. The shortcut worked right away, bringing up Edge when double-clicked. Second strangeness - I suspected some automatic behavior was going on when the icon magically corrected itself, so I went back to Applications (shell:AppsFolder) and Microsoft Edge has magically reappeared. So somehow, a side effect of copying a good shortcut from another user to this user caused these side effects! Finally, the shortcut that I earlier created using Brink's Option 2 now works. I conclude that the reason it didn't work was that Microsoft Edge was not in the Applications folder, so now that it is there, the shortcut works.

    Comparing the 2 shortcuts, both of which now work, there are notable differences:
    - the Target type for the shortcut generated by Option 2 is Application, while for the shortcut copied from the other user, it is Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microso (right end truncated by edge of field).
    - the Target location for the shortcut generated by Option 2 is Applications, while for the shortcut copied from the other user, it is %ewindir%
    - the Target for the shortcut generated by Option 2 is "%windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge" and can be modified, while for the shortcut copied from the other user, it is "Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Micros" (right end truncated by edge of field) and is greyed out, i.e. not editable.

    If anyone can point me to a resource that would explain all this strange behavior, I would be very appreciative. In any case, I have found a workaround to fix my problem!

    My thanks to Brink for posting solutions in this thread, and for responding to my requests for help. While he didn't find the solution for me, he helped me to get there.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,432
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-01-08 #13

    I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted Bruce. Thank you for posting back with your solution.
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  5. Joined : Apr 2016
    Iowa, USA
    Posts : 661
    Windows 10 1607 Pro x64 (Anniversary Update)
       2016-07-21 #14

    Thanks Brink so much for this! I have been looking everywhere for a dominant answer and this would be the one! Love your tutorials! So clean and gets right to the point.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,432
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-07-21 #15

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