Removing the Arrow from Windows Shortcuts
If you want to remove the arrow that appears on Windows shortcuts,
you can do so by using the following procedure.
- Click on Start.
- Select Run.
- Type regedit
- Click on Ok.
- Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile.
- On the right side of the window, right-click on IsShortcut and
Remember, you must be careful when editing the registry. Mistakes in
editing registry entries can cause significant problems.
As an alternative to the above method, you can use this
shortcut-arrow-removal.reg registry file,
which will delete the IsShortcut key from the registry. Download the
file (you can right-click on the link and choose "download", "save
link target as", or whatever your browser ues to initiate a download)
and then, once it is downloaded, double-click on the file on your system.
When prompted "Are you sure you
want to add the information in shortcut-arrow-removal.reg to the
registry?", select "Yes". That action will result in the key being
removed; the prompt about adding information is just the default
message that appears whenever you click on a
Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons
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Problem Uninstalling Starddock Central Applications
A family member uninstalled StarDock
, but then found the files for the software were still under
and the applications, such as WindowBlinds,
which are part of the software, still seemed to be active on the system.
I suggested reinstalling StardDock Central and then uninstalling the various
modules, such as WindowBlinds from within it. After reinstalling StarDock
Central and then opening StarDock Central, right-clicking on the various
packages and choosing "uninstall" would not uninstall the packages.
Trying to uninstall IconPackager produced the message below.
There has been an error uninstalling IconPackager. Would you like to set the
item as uninstalled?|
Trying to uninstall WindowBlinds produced a similar message
There has been an error uninstalling WindowBlinds4. Would you like to set the
item as uninstalled?|
On one of the StarDock Forums, there
was a posting
Uninstall Problem Gives me an error where someone reported a problem
uninstalling WindowBlinds to which a respondent suggested running a "zapper"
program from StarDock to uninstall StarDock applications. The
Zapper is available from
Downloads at the Stardock site.
Stardock describes it as a "Utility program that can be used to unload or
remove Object Desktop components (like if an install.log file is missing). Warning:
this will delete any installed skins/themes for the component when used to
uninstall that component."
I ran the program and chose "Select All" to remove all Object Desktop
A window popped up showing the applications to be removed, but the list
was so long I couldn't see the buttons at the bottom and there was no
scrollbar. But, since the default response button was "Yes", hitting
the enter key resulted in an attempt to zap the programs, but then
I saw "odnt_zapper.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
We are sorry for any inconvenience." However when I restarted the ODNT
Component Zapper, I didn't see any applications listed to remove this
time under the Uninstall tab. But under the Unload tab,
I saw WebBlinds listed. I chose to unload it by selecting
it and then clicking on Apply.
I then clicked on Start, Control Panel, and then
Add or Remove Programs, chose Stardock Central,
and then Change/Remove to remove it from the system.
The C:\Program Files\Stardock folder remained, so I
attempted to manually delete it.
When I tried deleting it, I saw the message "Renaming, moving or
deleting 'Stardock' could make some programs not work. Are you
sure you want to do this?" I chose "No" and rebooted, thinking
perhaps a DLL
file associated with the program might still be loaded in memory.
I got the same message after rebooting when I tried uninstalling
it again, but this time I chose "Yes" to proceed with the
Uninstall Problem Gives
me an error
Posted December 10, 2005