Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts

Prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive to resolve a shortcut.

By default, when the system cannot find the target file for a shortcut (.lnk), it searches all paths associated with the shortcut. If the target file is located on an NTFS partition, the system then uses the target's file ID to find a path. If the resulting path is not correct, it conducts a comprehensive search of the target drive in an attempt to find the file.

If you enable this setting, the system does not conduct the final drive search. It just displays a message explaining that the file is not found.

Note: This setting only applies to target files on NTFS partitions. FAT partitions do not have this ID tracking and search capability.

Also, see the "Do not track Shell shortcuts during roaming" and the "Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts" settings.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000
Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value NameNoResolveSearch
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0


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