Shortcut problem

Dears,

I have some shortcuts on the Desktop of a Laptop attached to a  domain (windows 2012 R2).
The application they access needs to have a drive name , so there is a command that maps a drive X: to the server folder
net use x: \\data-srv\Application

On the shortcut the user has on his laptop I am entering X:\Accounting\AccPack.exe
And it is to start in X:\Accounting.

My problem is that sometimes, instead of the X: , the shortcut gets changed to \\data-srv\application\accounting\AccPack.exe
and it is to start in \\Data-Srv\Application\Accounting

And this causes problems , I need to remove the \\ and put the right one (X:\)

Client Laptop is Windows 10.

Thanks.
Pierre AmmounIT ConsultantAsked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Since you haven't actually asked anything, it's hard to help.
You can deploy shortcuts to applications on network drives. These shortcuts will point to say, x:\app.exe. Whenever x: is not there, they won't work - that's clear to anyone. As soon as x: becomes available, they will work. They will not change on their won, so I wonder what you are seeing. How can it be reproduced on win10, please name the steps.
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Michael PfisterCommented:
I believe your problem is the tracking function of WIndows shortcuts.
If you have acces to the old NT4 resource kit, there was a shortcut.exe which was able to set a shortcut to "non-tracking"

I've found this question explaining shortcut.exe or, if you don't have access to shortcut.exe uses powershell to patch the -lnk file
https://superuser.com/questions/1231074/how-do-i-stop-a-windows-shortcut-from-updating-its-path
HTH
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McKnifeCommented:
Right, Michael, but that applied long ago. I never saw this tracking happen on any new OS'. Did you?
I have a tool here against tracking shortcuts, called scut.exe (stone old, 1999), I could provide it.
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Pierre AmmounIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Dear McKnife my question was obvious (or thought so)...

Sometimes the shortcut settings change to \\sharename instead of x:\ and thus making it not possible possible to run !
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McKnifeCommented:
That was fully understood before already. I just wonder why that happens, since I cannot reproduce that nor see it on any win10 machine that I administer (and that is a whole network of them) - and surely I have such shortcuts and surely not all the time the user logs in the target will be accessible...still the shortcuts don't change their targets at will.

To make progress, I will upload scut.doc, please rename it to .7z and unpack it using 7zip - there is the .exe inside (.exe uploads are not allowed here): https://www.7-zip.org/download.html
Scut can be used to make shortcuts non-tracking, so they won't do what they do to you in the future.
Scut.doc
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Pierre AmmounIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks,
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