OT: WinXP shortcut vs. junctions

May 20, 2008
3,515
4
Elkridge, MD, USA
I use WinXP SP3. Many of my desktop and quick launch shortcuts point to
junction directories, to make it easier to select which version of the
product is desired.

The problem: for some unknown reason, occasionally the OS converts the
program path from the junction to the value of the junction, even though the
shortcut file is read only. Anyone with a solution?
--
Steve
 
May 30, 2008
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I use WinXP SP3. Many of my desktop and quick launch shortcuts point to
junction directories, to make it easier to select which version of the
product is desired.

The problem: for some unknown reason, occasionally the OS converts the
program path from the junction to the value of the junction, even though the
shortcut file is read only. Anyone with a solution?
--
Steve

I have noticed something similar. When I had a "My Pictures" junction (to another partition on the same drive) in "My Documents" it was occasionally replaced with it a "My Pictures" directory. In my case setting the junction to read-only stopped this though.
 
May 20, 2008
3,515
4
Elkridge, MD, USA
nikbackm wrote:
| ---Quote (Originally by Steve Fábián)---
| I use WinXP SP3. Many of my desktop and quick launch shortcuts point
| to
| junction directories, to make it easier to select which version of the
| product is desired.
|
| The problem: for some unknown reason, occasionally the OS converts the
| program path from the junction to the value of the junction, even
| though the
| shortcut file is read only. Anyone with a solution?
| --
| Steve
| ---End Quote---
| I have noticed something similar. When I had a "My Pictures" junction
| (to another partition on the same drive) in "My Documents" it was
| occasionally replaced with it a "My Pictures" directory. In my case
| setting the junction to read-only stopped this though.

You may have made the key point: setting the junction to r/o. I had set the
shortcut files r/o, but not the junctions.
--
Steve
 
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