When I move or delete the target of a shortcut and click the shortcut afterwards windows kindly starts searching and guessing.
How to disable this on Windows Server 2003? I'd prefer a quick error condition.
How to do the same on windows xp, maybe there is no difference?
Edit: For windows shortcuts see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link#Microsoft_Windows
Windows shortcuts maintain their connection even when the target is moved, unlike symbolic links. Windows XP will search for a broken link's target before offering to delete it.
Edit2: From the accepted answer:
Navigate to this registry key:
Add a new DWORD value and name it NoResolveTrack, set the value to 1.
Will only be effective after the next reboot. Applies only to target files on NTFS partitions. FAT partitions do not have this ID tracking and search capability.
You can also do this for NTFS at a Group Policy level by selecting
Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts in the
UserConfiguration\AdministrativeTemplates\Start Menu & Taskbar group policy branch.