Windows Server 2008 R2 – Incorrect Link Files (.lnk)

We do not have many .lnk files on a Windows Server 2016.

Click on the link 91205248__Orig.lnk causes the error:

Problem with the link - the drive or the network ....

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What I found out

  • The .lnk file can be edited in the Explorer
  • The saved Path is correct "R: my subfolder case folder 2012 91205248"
  • After cutting and saving the same path, the .lnk works
  • Size does not work .lnk files: 15kb
  • Size work .lnk (after saving again): 2kb

Tracing with sysinternals procmon.exe

Working LNK file:

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LNK file does not work:

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The size changes after saving again

15 kb = does not work original

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The system is migrated from Windows 2008 R2 file server / terminal server to server 2016 file server / terminal server


  • How can faulty LNK files be detected?
  • Is there a way to fix the problem (except that each LNK file is manually reopened and saved)?