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I need to create and change the icon on a desktop shortcut to an ico file on the C drive, using vb.net.   I have tried the code below and have registered MS Shell Controls and Automation but still get "Not Declared" errors.   Is there a .net way to do this, or how do I get the code below to run??
objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
 strDesktopFld = objShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
 objURLShortcut = objShell.CreateShortcut(strDesktopFld & "\blah.url")
 objURLShortcut.TargetPath = "http://www.blah.com"
 objURLShortcut.IconLocation("\\server\share\icon.ico ")
 objURLShortcut.Save()

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carlnorrbom earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

To start off with, you must include a Reference to the Windows Scripting Library.  You do this by right-clicking on the References folder in the Solution Explorer.  Select the Add Reference menu.  From the Add Reference dialog, click the Com Tab and select the Windows Scripting Host Object Model and click the Add button.

Then add an imports statement:

Imports IWshRuntimeLibrary

Then review the attached code as an example.

/Carl.
Public Function CreateShortCutOnDesktop() As Boolean
        Try
            Dim objShell As New WshShell()
            Dim desktopdir As String = CType(objShell.SpecialFolders.Item("Desktop"), String)
            Dim shortCut As WshShortcut = objShell.CreateShortcut(desktopdir & "\Blah.lnk")
            With shortCut
                .TargetPath = "http://www.blah.com"
                .WindowStyle = 1
                .Description = "Visit blah.com"
                .WorkingDirectory = desktopdir
                .IconLocation = "\\server\share\icon.ico"
                .Save()
            End With
            Return True
        Catch ex As Exception
            'errorhandling goes here
            Return False
        End Try
   End Function

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by:PNRT
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Hi - Thanks for this - it worked first time in my test app, but when I addedd to the main program all my
"If File.Exists(path_file) Then" - about 30 of them - all give the exception

'File' is ambiguous, imported from the namespaces or types 'IWshRuntimeLibrary, System.IO'.

Is there a way round this?  I cant really redo the File.Exists.

Thanks for your help
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Hi - sorted, adding system.io to each got it working
Thanks for your help
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