Windows 10: Dead links on desktop

Discus and support Dead links on desktop in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I have two sets of links on my desktop. One set acts exactly as they should, the other set is a mystery. They appeared spontaneously. I'd blame an... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Charley N, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. Charley N Win User

    Dead links on desktop

    I have two sets of links on my desktop. One set acts exactly as they should, the other set is a mystery. They appeared spontaneously. I'd blame an upgrade, but I'm not sure.
    The other set, the dead links, cannot be dragged. Clicking on them does nothing. Resizing the desktop links does not effect them. I've rebuilt the icon cache to no effect, they are not present in any desktop folder. I've tried a couple of third party utilities that claim to detect/clean up broken links to no avail. I'd really like to get rid of them.

    Charley N, Oct 20, 2016
  2. huddie71 Win User

    Keyboard Shortcuts for Remote Desktop App

    Does anyone have a link to a page showing the keyboard shortcuts for the Remote Desktop Windows Store app ? I'm running it on Windows 10 x64. The help option is a dead link as MS haven't bothered writing its documentation. They are not the same as the
    shortcuts for the desktop Remote Desktop app (MSTSC.exe). They also seem to vary according to target O/S. I'm running it in windowed mode.

    Please don't direct me to another thread as they relate to the desktop app and / or Windows 8.
    huddie71, Oct 20, 2016
  3. Instapic downoad

    Apparently the app is no longer being actively developed.

    The one I linked you is actually for Windows Phone. The desktop version are only showing dead links.

    You are best off using the dedicated Instagram app for Windows 10:
    Andre Da Costa, Oct 20, 2016
  4. Neemobeer Win User

    Dead links on desktop

    So these are shortcuts on your desktop that you cannot delete? When you click on them, do they get selected or not even that?
    Neemobeer, Oct 20, 2016
  5. Charley N Win User
    They look to be the size of small links, but they don't hi-light and clicking on them does nothing.
    Charley N, Oct 20, 2016
  6. Charley N Win User
    I just figured it out. The links were part of my background picture. Now, somebody else can figure out how a dozen little .lnk graphics got merged into my background picture.
    Charley N, Oct 20, 2016
  7. Neemobeer Win User
    Sometimes the background isn't refreshing correctly and you see graphics that should not be there. If a reboot doesn't resolve I would just toggle the wallpaper to a different picture and back.
    Neemobeer, Oct 20, 2016
  8. Dead links on desktop

    Sounds like somebody took a snap shot of your desktop, with the snipping tool, then set it as your background wallpaper as a prank. *Wink It's an oldie but a goodie. *chuckle
    alphanumeric, Oct 20, 2016
  9. Neemobeer Win User
    Hahah yeah that is certainly possible too. *Smile
    Neemobeer, Oct 20, 2016
  10. Usually, when you do that prank, you set it so desktop Icons aren't shown. Then it looks like your normal desktop, except nothing happens when you try to click an icon. You can't move them, delete them, or even right click them because they aren't really there.
    alphanumeric, Apr 4, 2018

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