Solved shortcut to file has been changed or moved.

December 22, 2012 at 11:55:20
Specs: Windows 7
I had restored a picture from the recycle bin. I then had to search the file to where it was restored and was able to view the picture. Days later when searching again for file to view the picture, the file folder is there but the picture isn't. When I click on it, it says that the "shortcut has been changed or moved. Do you want to delete the shorcut?" Where did my picture go? It doesn't do any good to click on properties.

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December 29, 2012 at 13:58:00
I think this is roughly what happened:

The real picture was only ever stored in the email. The photo gallery is just a means to view and edit pictures (rather like shortcuts). It was therefore a shortcut that went to the bin but the actual picture remained in the email. After you deleted the email, all you restored from the bin was the shortcut. As there was no longer an email, then there was no picture for the shortcut to find.

That is one of the problems with the virtual world presented to us by modern operating systems. They can give a false impression about where the picture resides. If you had "saved" the picture from the email (to Pictures folder or whatever) it would still be there and also appear as a link in photo gallery.

It means of-course that there is no way to get back the picture unless recuva can restore the email back into the email program, as I said before.

To avoid this happening again you either have to keep the email, or Save the picture somewhere on the computer (outside of email). Picture files themselves don't actually reside in the photo gallery. If you check in photo gallery there is means provided to determine where the real picture file is located.

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December 22, 2012 at 13:34:52
it shouldn't be a shortcut....the ENTIRE file should have been restored. You can check for the file again using recuva:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva/down...
this time save it to your desktop or to a removeable drive.

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#2
December 22, 2012 at 17:19:23
Not much seems to be adding up. After you found the file the first time I would have expected you to have been able to go straight to it a few days later, rather than doing a second search. If the second picture search then found an "invalid shortcut to a folder" instead, then this must have carried the same name as the original picture.

What was the name of the picture?

What did you put in your search?

What was the name of this folder shortcut it found?

As has already been said, if you restore a picture, then that complete "picture file" should restore back to wherever it was originally. For Recuva to work best for you there must be little doubt about the identity of the picture file.

One thing that would make life easier for you in future is to go to "Control Panel > folder Options > View" and set yourself up so that you do NOT "Hide extensions for known file types". That way a genuine picture file will carry an extension (such as .jpg) which will help you properly identify it as such.

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December 23, 2012 at 02:28:17
Thanks for the responses. It was a WLM file. Now I can't remember exactly what the rest of the file name was. How it all started, I double clicked on a picture in my email. It opened up in Windows live photo gallery. Then I deleted it thinking I wouldn't need the picture again. Later it was still in the recycle bin so I restored it. Went back to the picture gallery and it wasn't there. I searched the file name and was able to view picture again. I wasn't worried about saving or moving the picture anywhere else because I figured I could find it again in the search programs and files box. But... Next time when I went to search for it, I couldn't remember the whole file name so I searched the computer by just typing WLM in the search box to have it pull up all wlm files. There was no picture but there was an empty folder with the same creation date. That folder is the shortcut I was referring to that has been changed or moved. I am pretty sure that the picture file name began with wlm. Is it possible to search for it another way?
Deleted email files or maybe by creation date?

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#4
December 23, 2012 at 10:41:11
So you opened it from the email directly and deleted the email? If you did that I think your only chances of getting it back are:
a) Checking the deleted email folder in your email (if you haven't permenantly deleted it)
or
b) Telling the person to send you the email again.
or maybe
c) if you're willing for a bit of searching and haven't cleared your temporary internet files you can enable hidden files in folder options and search AppData for any .WLM files, (the icon may not show up and it probably won't have the same name, you may have to open the file to see what it is)

Hopefully you can find a way of getting it back.


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#5
December 23, 2012 at 11:24:18
Not easy maybe, perhaps impossible, but I agree in general with iforgot.

It seems you didn't delete a picture, you deleted an email with a picture as part of it.
I hesitate to try to fully understand what actually happened but Recuva relies on the assumption that something was physically deleted off the hard drive. Although you did this, you then restored it. No harm trying but I'm none too convinced it will find it - in any case it seems likely it is an email file (.wlm) that Recuva needs to resurrect for you, rather than a picture. WLM stands for "Windows Live Mail".

If the email file is back on your computer somewhere then un-hiding file extensions might help you determine where this file has gone to. If you can remember what this email was called there is a chance you can find it. If you do so you only have to double click on it and the email program will open and you can extract the picture it contained. We can help you get the picture back out of an email if necessary.

Getting the picture re-sent is clearly another way around this.

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#6
December 29, 2012 at 13:08:37
I use windows live mail. The picture was sent to my email from a cell phone. When double clicking on the picture, it opened up in the windows photo galery. The picture was not saved, I just exited the program and the picture automatically went to the recycle bin. The email since then was deleted. The picture was still sitting in the recycle bin so I clicked on restoring it. I opened the windows photo gallery because that was where the picture opened up to view in the first place but it wasn't there. I searched by the file name in the computer and was able to view the picture again. I left the picture file alone because I knew if I needed to get back to it, I could just research it again. Except now I can't remember the whole file name, so I did a search by typing wlm. There is a folder that comes up with the correct date on it but it will not open. Instead I get a message that says it is a shortcut that has been changed or moved. There is no way for me to get this picture resent to me, so I'm just trying to figure out where it went. How does a file just disappear?

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December 29, 2012 at 13:58:00
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I think this is roughly what happened:

The real picture was only ever stored in the email. The photo gallery is just a means to view and edit pictures (rather like shortcuts). It was therefore a shortcut that went to the bin but the actual picture remained in the email. After you deleted the email, all you restored from the bin was the shortcut. As there was no longer an email, then there was no picture for the shortcut to find.

That is one of the problems with the virtual world presented to us by modern operating systems. They can give a false impression about where the picture resides. If you had "saved" the picture from the email (to Pictures folder or whatever) it would still be there and also appear as a link in photo gallery.

It means of-course that there is no way to get back the picture unless recuva can restore the email back into the email program, as I said before.

To avoid this happening again you either have to keep the email, or Save the picture somewhere on the computer (outside of email). Picture files themselves don't actually reside in the photo gallery. If you check in photo gallery there is means provided to determine where the real picture file is located.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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December 29, 2012 at 14:13:36
Thank you for your response. The email was deleted immediately after viewing the picture. I could see the picture in the recycle bin but couldn't open without restoring it. I was also able to view the picture after restoring it.

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#9
December 29, 2012 at 14:22:03
Yep, that figures, but the real picture file was not in the bin. It would have been a thumbnail, or possibly being held in RAM but lost on reboot.

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