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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
If you disable a shortcut, the NTFS File System in Windows XP and Windows 2000 automatically attempts to locate the shortcut destination by searchingall paths that are associated with the shortcut. This step-by-step article describes how to prevent this behavior from occurring.
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 prevent the NTFS file system from tracking alternate paths for a broken shortcut link, make the following changes in the registry: