Stopping Shell Shortcuts from Resolving

We love Terminal Server. We think its a pretty great solution for small businesses; put a little more money into a server and you can keep your older hardware around.

In setting up our terminal server environments, we like putting shortcuts to various shares on the desktop. However, the server always wants to convert them from \\server\data to their local equivalent, d:\data.

But a quick registry entry will eliminate that.

Create a new DWORD value of “LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo” in this key:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

… and set it to a data value of “1”

Reboot and that’ll do it.

(You can also put this in the CURRENT_USER key, but I’m not sure why you’d want to.)

The Case of the Missing Properties

After installing SP2 for Win2000 Professional, I found that right-clicking on a file no longer brought up the properties for that file.

After trawling around the newsgroups, I found that this is a fairly common problem.

The solution that presented itself and worked for me was to select a few files in a given folder, then right-click and choose properties (which opens the properties window for those files). After doing that, the Properties window came up as expected.

Go figure.

Restoring Property Sheets in Win2K Explorer

After installing SP2 for Win2000 Professional, I found that right-clicking on a file no longer brought up the properties for that file.

After trawling around the newsgroups, I found that this is a fairly common problem.

The solution that presented itself and worked for me was to select a few files in a given folder, then right-click and choose properties (which opens the properties window for those files). After doing that, the Properties window came up as expected.

Go figure.