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How delete invalid shortcut from Quick Launch area in Windows XP?

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How do I remove an invalid shortcut now in the Quick Launch area of the Windows XP taskbar?

When I try to delete it, I get the error: "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk." I look at the shortcut's properties and on the Shortcut Tab it says "This is not a valid shortcut", and there is no target listed; since all fields there are greyed out, I cannot enter a target. On the General tab, in the one text field at the top it lists a file name (rocket.eps), and for Location all I can see is:
"C:\documents and Settings\Administrator\\Applicat".

I had inadvertently dragged a file rocket.eps to the Quick Launch area and then, while trying to get rid of that, inadvertently created the shortcut to it.  But putting the file itself back there still doesn't make the shortcut point to that target nor allow me to delete the shortcut.
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by:murrayhome
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P.S. If I look in
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
I do NOT actually see an entry for this invalid shortcut.  Nonetheless, an icon for it is still on the Quick Launch area!
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by:murrayhome
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I just stumbled upon a fix: Use the Tweak UI Power Toy's Repair tool to rebuild icons.

But it would still be nice to know how whether there's some place in the Registry where this could have been fixed.  (I had even tried the Norton SystemWorks 2008 Windows Doctor utility to scan for invalid shortcuts, but that didn't help with this problem at all.)
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evilrix earned 250 total points
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Quick Launch icons live here: -

C:\Documents and Settings\<<USERNAME>>\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

However, as you have discovered the Icon Cache can sometimes get corrupt and TweakUI can be used to repair this. You can also fix the icon cache by deleting the IconCache.db file from your profile directory
C:\Documents and Settings\<<USERNAME>>\Local Settings\Application Data. It will be automatically recreated.

Also, you might want to read this: -

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q132668/

-Rx.
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by:murrayhome
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I don't find any file IconCache.db in either
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data
or any of its subdirectories. (I'm logged in as Administrator.)
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by:evilrix
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It's a hidden file -- you're showing hidden files right?

Maybe is hasn't rebuilt it yet since TweakUI zapped it? :)

Mine's there :-p
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