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      • #2378840

        When I updated from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, all my desktop shortcuts (2 displays) were gone. Had to recreate all of them manually. Will updating to Windows 11 do the same thing? Thanks.

      • #2379062
        AskWoody Plus

        My Desktop is 120 + shtcuts. I installed Desktop Restore from the site featured here at times. I can only Presume it will work in W11, or be rightfully updated.

        The registry key used for storage is: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\JOConnell\DeskTop\Layout 1920 x 1080 (32)Each desktop icon is stored as a subkey under this location, So I even Exported It (ie) [ Saved Desktop Shtcuts.reg ] as a Backup to the app.

        W10 Pro 21H1 / Hm-Stdnt Ofce '16 C2R / HP Envy Desktop-Ethernet/ 12 GB / 256G SSD + 1 TB HDD / i5-8400 CoffeeLake-S / GP=2 + FtrU=Semi-Annual + Feature Defer = 1 + QU=0

      • #2379127
        AskWoody Lounger

        Would this help? Two things; three ways.
        In Explorer, navigate to C:\Users\[YourLogon]\Desktop

        Method 1 –
        — Sort by Type / Select all of the Shortcuts / Copy them elsewhere, even off computer if desired.
        — On each display, do a PrtSc; Paste each into (Paint, WordPad, some application); Save As to where the shortcuts are.

        Method 2 –
        — Copy Desktop to somewhere else,  rename as Desktop2 (?). Open the copy in Explorer. Delete everything except the Shortcuts.
        — (same PrtSc as above.)

        If needed in new Desktop, Copy/Paste in the saved shortcuts.
        You’ll still need to position them, using the saved graphic. And verify that the internal Paths are still valid.

        Method 3 –
        — Copy the entire Desktop folder (as Desktop2 ?). Save it someplace. Copy it back on the new system. Either copy items from Desktop2 to Desktop, or swap them by renaming:
        — Desktop > DesktopNew; Desktop2 > Desktop.

      • #2379357
        AskWoody Plus

        Paul’s method of saving the desktop is direct & simple  – But I presume his reminder of — Positioning Restored Shtcuts …. is painfully Manual if many are involved = me.

        I installed the App Because sometimes my 120+ desktop shtcuts would get inexplicably get Re-Positioned and the App Auto-Places them back per their positions per When you Rt Clk’d on the Desktop and in Desktop Restore Clk’d – Save Desktop. Easy to periodically Update added shtcuts with the Rt Clk exercise Vs remembering to manually add new ones to the Backup location and make new screen shots.

        W10 Pro 21H1 / Hm-Stdnt Ofce '16 C2R / HP Envy Desktop-Ethernet/ 12 GB / 256G SSD + 1 TB HDD / i5-8400 CoffeeLake-S / GP=2 + FtrU=Semi-Annual + Feature Defer = 1 + QU=0

      • #2379379
        AskWoody MVP

        Hey Y’all,

        I’m a member of the clean desktop club. I prefer to use a custom tool bar with (GASP!) a tiered menu structure (yes, old fuddy duddy). I can drill down to exactly what I want with a couple of clicks and when a Windows update decides to remove the toolbar from the notifications area a couple of clicks and it’s back.


        HTH 😎

        May the Forces of good computing be with you!


        PowerShell & VBA Rule!
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