Remove broken shortcuts and links in Windows

Shortcuts are, handy but at the same time, as you keep installing software and uninstall them, there are chances that some shortcuts either created by you or system stay. This state of shortcuts or links of which the target files have been removed or moved is called as broken shortcuts. In this post, we will show how you can remove broken shortcuts and links in Windows.

Remove broken shortcuts and links in Windows

Remove broken shortcuts and links in Windows

Microsoft offers server maintenance or Resource Kit Tools, which includes Link Check Wizard. The sole purpose is to find these kinds of broken links on Windows. It works fine on Windows 10, WindowServer editions, and other versions of Windows.

1] Download Resource Kit Tools

The first thing you should do is download the kit from this link. Run the setup, and it will be installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools.

2] Run the Wizard

Using command prompt or Windows Explorer, go to that folder, and run the chklnks.exe program. It will launch the Link Check Wizard program. Give it a second to collect all broken links on the computer. Then it presents you a list of all broken files which you can remove by making all or individual selection.

It is useful, but if you are already using programs like CCleaner or anything similar, which cleans your junk and registry stuff, you might not just find any dead links.

Resource Kit Tools are a set of tools to help administrators streamline management tasks such as troubleshooting operating system issues, managing Active Directory, configuring networking and security features, and automating application deployment. While it was made available for server machines, but it works for all Windows systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

I hope this tool is useful to remove broken shortcuts and links in Windows.

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