Windows 8 – Scheduled Maintenance Task won’t delete Desktop Shortcuts anymore

On Windows 7 many users suffer from disappearing shortcuts on their desktop. I wrote about this in Control Windows 7 Scheduled Maintenance Behavior Through Group Policy. On Windows 8 this shouldn’t happen anymore, since Microsoft has removed the related scripts and Tasks from the Diagnosis troubleshooting pack (DiagPackage.diagpkg)

The following files have been removed from the C:\Windows\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance folder:

  • RS_RemoveShortcuts.ps1
  • RS_RemoveUnusedDesktopIcons.ps1
  • TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1
  • TS_UnusedDesktopIcons.ps1

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