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Unable to Create Shortcuts on the Desktop

This article was previously published under Q177909
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you attempt to create a new shortcut on the desktop, the CreateShortcut Wizard may not start, and a file named New Shortcut with a sizeof zero bytes may be created on the desktop.
This behavior can occur if a registry key is damaged or contains anincorrect value.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To resolve this issue, use Registry Editor to verify that the registry keylisted below has the value listed, and if needed, edit the value to matchthe value listed.

Registry key:


Value for Command:

   RunDLL32 AppWiz.Cpl,NewLinkHere %2				

NOTE: If the Windows Desktop Update component is not installed on your computer, the following is the value for Command:

   RunDLL32 AppWiz.Cpl,NewLinkHere %1				
4.00 generic icon create new shortcut wizard

Article ID: 177909 - Last Review: 01/22/2007 18:07:42 - Revision: 3.1

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