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How do I delete a shortcut using a vbs script?

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I created a script tha that makes a shortcut and assigns it an icon.  I need to remove that icon from the desktop.  How would I alter my script so it deletes it? Here is my code.  Thanks

'fORCE EXPLICIT VARIABLE DECLARATION
option explicit

'STEP OVER ERRORS FOR CUSTOM ERROR REPORTING
on error resume next

'DECLARE VARIABLES
dim shell, desktopPath, link, sys32Path

'INSTANTIATE THE WINDOWS SCRIPT HOST SHELL OBJECT
Set shell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.shell")

'SET THE PATH TO THE WINDOWS DESKTOP FOLDER & MY DOCUMENTS FOLDER
desktopPath = shell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
sys32Path = "http://epic1ctx/citrix/tricounty"

'CREATE A SHORTCUT ON THE USER'S DESKTOP
Set link = shell.CreateShortcut(desktopPath & "\TriCounty Citrix.lnk")

'SET THE PROPERTIES FOR THE SHORTCUT
link.Description = "My Shortcut"
link.TargetPath = sys32Path
link.WindowStyle = 0
link.WorkingDirectory = desktopPath
link.IconLocation = "\\tch16\IT\ShortcutIcons\epic.ico"
link.Save

'CLEANUP OBJECTS
set shell = nothing
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by:Chris Bottomley
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Have you tried:

set fso = createobject("scripting.filesystemobject")
if fso.fileexists(desktopPath & "\TriCounty Citrix.lnk") then _
    fso.deletefile desktopPath & "\TriCounty Citrix.lnk"

Chris
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by:TriCountyIT
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Hmm...ran the script, but it didnt delete the link.  It never errored out it just didnt do anything.
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Chris Bottomley earned 500 total points
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If you are running as a stand alone then you will of course need:

Chris
set shell = createobject("wscript.shell")
desktopPath = shell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
set fso = createobject("scripting.filesystemobject")
if fso.fileexists(desktopPath & "\TriCounty Citrix.lnk") then _ 
    fso.deletefile desktopPath & "\TriCounty Citrix.lnk"

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Ahh there she went.  Thanks a lot!  
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For some reason it does not give me the accept as solution option under your name.??
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Ah my fault ... something is wrong and it defaults to admin comments and I haven't got my hed properly together.

I've asked for the correction to be applied

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Sounds good.  Ill check back and give them to you when I can.  Thanks again.
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Glad to help, and sorry for being such a klutz, (it's an issue with being a cleanup volunteer - compounded by lack of attention!).

Chris
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