The 4 desktop shortcuts I had, one for each of my XP machines, have disappeared. I am not amused.
As I wrote on November 9, 2009, I created shortcuts to my XP machines so that I can gain quick access to them without waiting for network detection.
They were there on December 27, 2009 when I brought up my latest XP machine.
I don’t look at my desktop, too intently, too often. Other than those shortcuts there is not much I need off the desktop. I actually have a minimalistic, and thus very tidy, desktop.
Given that today is New Year and also my wedding anniversary I took a break from my work … and we went out celebrate. So after checking email etc. for a few minutes this morning I turned off the Windows 7 system. Once we were back I powered up the system around 4pm. I guess it was the change in the routine. I didn’t immediately fireup FireFox as soon as the system came up. I guess that is why I noticed the desktop. Could tell immediately that something was WRONG. Took me a second.
I couldn’t believe it.
But, I knew at once that this was a BUG. Fired up FireFox and Googled “Windows 7 shortcuts disappear”. BINGO. And the first entry displayed was dated “Dec. 23, 2009.”
I am NOT amused. It is possible that this was the doing of System Mechanic 9.5.3 … though I do not think so. I haven’t got it to do much recently — not since the 27th.
From what I can see folks have had this problem since the Summer.
I looked at the ‘quick fixes.’ None applied to me … or worked.
It was just easier to create the shortcuts … I just had to power up the XP machines. [One of my XP boxes is ‘off line’ right now and I can’t be bothered to hook it up. So creating a shortcut to to ot will have to wait.]
I then discovered another BUG in Windows 7. You can’t create a shortcut from the ‘network’ icons displayed on the left of the Windows Explorer pane. That is a GUI inconsistency. (However, just dragging the icon to the desktop will automatically create a shortcut. That CONFIRMS the inconsistency … and that this was yet another bug never picked during testing.)
I am not amused. Just irks me when simple stuff like this is not spotted during testing … or I should say … alleged testing.
Happy New Year. Lets start counting down to SP1. A lot of basic stuff that has to be fixed.