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Windows XP Hangs Viewing Shortcuts

Windows hangs when opening or trying to view properties of shortcuts to network files that do not exist.

Note: This solution has been tested and works with Windows XP and Windows 7.

Prevent Windows from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive in an attempt to find the file.
  1. Run gpedit.msc
  2. Select User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar
  3. Enable "Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts"
"Windows XP Hangs When You Open a Folder That Contains a Network Shortc." PC Pitstop Forums. Web. 04 Mar. 2011.
"Policy Settings for the Start Menu in Windows XP." Microsoft Support. Web. 04 Mar. 2011.
"Do Not Use the Search-based Method When Resolving Shell Shortcuts." Microsoft TechNet: Resources for IT Professionals. Web. 04 Mar. 2011.

2011-10-20 Added note that this works with XP and Win7.

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