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How to I retain working shortcuts on my XP Mode computer in W7 64 bit to folders om the W7 computer?

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On my Windows 7 computer, I  also have “Windows XP Mode – Windows Virtual PC” configured.

When in Windows XP mode, I  access  folders on my Windows 7 computer using this path:
My Computer >  C on MyName-PC > Users > “my account” > Documents >  
my folders and files live here

To speed up the “walk down” this lengthy path, I create shortcuts at the “my folders and files level here” level and then move these shortcuts up to the Windows XP mode Desktop.

The shortcuts will work for a little while at the XP Mode Desktop level, but then later, for some unknown reason, the Targets inside the Shortcuts gets zeroed out.

Any ideas as to why  this happens?

How can I create a shortcut on my XP mode desktop that will remain valid for opening a folder on my W7 computer?
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Instead of creating a shortcut, try creating a symbolic link.  See this page and see if it works that way:

http://verysimple.com/2008/06/02/create-symbolic-links-in-windows-xp-and-vista/
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jsgreiner, how about some feedback?
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Sorry it took me so long to get back to this.

I tried the suggested dos commands in the cmd window of my XP mode ocmputer running on my W7 64 bit computer.

I tried mklink, linkd, and link.  All three resulted in getting a message saying ...not recognized as an internal or external command.

Is there somtheing special to make this work from XP Mode?

Thanks,
John
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Sorry, somehow this comment of yours escaped my mailbox.  Did you run the command (linkd I think is what works in XP) as an Administrator, with Run as Administrator chosen when you go to the Command Prompt?

Also, your error message may be because of this:

http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/fix-not-recognized-as-an-internal-or-external-command/
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XP does not support making links to folders.  I found a workaround:  I will use a Macro Express macro to launch Windows Explorer in XP Mode and have it go to the desired W7 host folder.  

Thanks for your ideas!
John
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Thanks Lee -- Your information was very helpful to me in coming to my solution and understanding the issue more completely.
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