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

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Prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive to resolve a shortcut.

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.

If you enable this policy, the system does not conduct the final drive search. It just displays a message explaining that the file is not found.

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This policy only applies to target files on NTFS partitions. FAT partitions do not have this ID tracking and search capability.

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