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

This policy setting prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive to resolve a shortcut. If you enable this policy setting the system does not conduct the final drive search. It just displays a message explaining that the file is not found. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting 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. Note: This policy 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” policy settings.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoResolveSearch

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Start Menu and Taskbar


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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