I think the biggest problem is that no one really understands what the
problem is because it is too hard to believe that something like this is
possible in 2009 to exist, especially with Vista the most sophisticated
software program of our generation.
Actually the problem is that even though the icon(s) shows on your
desktop, it really does not register to your operating system that it is
there. It is a ghost icon. You can see it but in most cases it is just
the empty shell of a program/application that was deleted or otherwise
not available through that shortcut.
I have had that problem so I understand where you are coming from. I've
tried the regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE tip, DelinvFile 3.03 program,
program (Which Vista refuses
to open after installation), Move on Boot program, also the
task explorer.exe and all the other ideas talked about which are too
many to list.
I could still not remove the icon because no program could see it and
if they did recognize it was there they would only tell you they could
not perform any task you requested because the folder was empty. Then if
you repopulate the icon, only the contents (original or not) gets
deleted. The icon(s) still remains.
I would like to imagine that someday someone would understand what the
problem actually is and be able to correct it. As of now, there are only
limited success results due to differing situations involved in the
creation of each ghost icon.
I've come to the conclusion that since people really don't understand
how annoying it is or what you are trying to relay to them, they
conclude you are some kind of wacko that understands almost nothing
about operating systems.
The best fix I have come up with is to open a new logon account. This
is a pain but once it is set up the way you want it, delete the user
account that has the ghost icons that are beyond understanding.
End of ghosts and end of problem.
It's just too bad that you have to recreate a new logon account to
correct a problem that should be easy to correct.
I know it gets you angry enough to reformat your drive but opening a
new login account is much less painful.
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