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enipla
09-17-2017, 04:17 PM
That's probably not really the problem...

Huh. I have all of 10 icons and 1 small .jpg saved on my desktop. A total of 60KB.

When I try to save another icon to the desktop, I am told it's full.

Umm. Properties say that 136MB are available, BUT says I have used 135MB. I don't .(not that it matters). I have 62KB stored in that folder. And I have 'Show Hidden Files set to on'

Umm.. What? It's a SSD. 177GB left open.

It's a vanilla Win10 netbook. Dell. I would very much like to save shortcuts to my desktop.

Any Ideas?

Monimonika
09-17-2017, 07:42 PM
Umm. Properties say that 136MB are available, BUT says I have used 135MB. I don't .(not that it matters). I have 62KB stored in that folder. And I have 'Show Hidden Files set to on'

Umm.. What? It's a SSD. 177GB left open.

You're going to need to specify what you are actually seeing:

1) Are you referring to the C: drive when you say "135MB are available"? (The "Desktop" folder properties don't show available space.)
2) Are there any drives (other than C: ) showing up when you look in "This PC"? What are their respective available/used space?
3) Is the "Desktop" folder you are looking at in "C:\Users\yourname\"?

enipla
09-18-2017, 10:05 AM
You're going to need to specify what you are actually seeing:Ok, a little clearer -


1) Are you referring to the C: drive when you say "135MB are available"? (The "Desktop" folder properties don't show available space.)
The C:\ drive properties says 176GB available.
The Desktop Folder on the C:\ drive properties -
Size: 136 MB
Size on disk: 135 MB
Contains: 21 Files, 4 Folders
If I just open the Desktop folder and add it up it up I have 62KB stored there.

2) Are there any drives (other than C: ) showing up when you look in "This PC"? What are their respective available/used space?No other drives/partitions.

Under 'This PC' the C:\ drive (the only one) reports - 176GB free of 227GB.
3) Is the "Desktop" folder you are looking at in "C:\Users\yourname\"?Yup.
I am able to write to C:\users\username and create a new folder so permissions isn't the problem.

Bah. I think it's an IE problem. Favorites>right click a fav>send to desktop either does not do a thing, or reports that my drive is full. But VERY weird that desktop folder properties says it has a size of 136MB when 64KB is in it.

Chrome works for adding to desktop.

Still odd that the folder properties reports that 136MB is in it, when only 64KB is. Will run Win update.

markn+
09-18-2017, 10:48 AM
The Desktop Folder on the C:\ drive properties -
Size: 136 MB
Size on disk: 135 MB
Contains: 21 Files, 4 Folders
If I just open the Desktop folder and add it up it up I have 62KB stored there.


In your first post, you said that you just had 11 files in your Desktop. But this is saying you have 21 files and 4 folders. When you manually added up the size of the files did you include all 21 files, including any that might be in the 4 folders?

enipla
09-18-2017, 11:28 AM
In your first post, you said that you just had 11 files in your Desktop. But this is saying you have 21 files and 4 folders. When you manually added up the size of the files did you include all 21 files, including any that might be in the 4 folders?Very odd. When I look at properties of my desktop, it says 21 files and 4 folders.

When I open it up in C:\users\username\desktop I see 11 files. Show hidden files folders and drives is enabled.

I preformed an MS update. I finally got an upgrade for my internet yesterday. 45Mbs instead of .2

Now I see that the folder OpenOffice (the MS word etc clone) is in the desktop folder. I'll remove that and check. I suspect that is the problem. I didn't catch it when adding stuff up.

enipla
09-18-2017, 11:49 AM
Well. Deleted OpenOffice using win10. But folder was still In Desktop (must have flubbed to put it there, I always choose the default) Properties for Desktop folder are reporting 50KB. I deleted that folder manually after the remove. Rebooted.

9 shortcuts now and one .jpg that I myself created years ago.

IE still won't save a favorites shortcut to the desktop. Says the disk is full (it most certainly isn't). I'll keep digging. Thanks ~ enipla.

jz78817
09-18-2017, 12:32 PM
the "check to see if the disk is full" is a red herring; it's an old error message from legacy IE which was never updated/modernized. All it's telling you is that it couldn't create the shortcut for some reason.

Unfortunately that's not much help either, and none of the google results I see from people with a similar error have any kind of solution.

enipla
09-18-2017, 12:53 PM
the "check to see if the disk is full" is a red herring; it's an old error message from legacy IE which was never updated/modernized. All it's telling you is that it couldn't create the shortcut for some reason.

Unfortunately that's not much help either, and none of the google results I see from people with a similar error have any kind of solution.Thanks. I can create a shortcut manually and just point it to the URL. I should just use Chrome I know. IE is what the default is at work and other folks that I need to talk through. I'd rather not change. :shrug:

As it is I built and run 10,000 lines of code for a work website. Manage two servers and am mapped to 26 other servers (running out of the alphabet). Seemed rather strange as I have two updated Win 10 machines at home, but only one is giving me grief. Work is still Win 7 because of legacy issues working with other purchased specialized applications.

Dewey Finn
09-18-2017, 12:55 PM
Actually, if this is a work computer, you may not be allowed to add icons to the desktop. That would be because of a group policy implemented by your employer and not a restriction in Windows.

enipla
09-18-2017, 01:04 PM
Actually, if this is a work computer, you may not be allowed to add icons to the desktop. That would be because of a group policy implemented by your employer and not a restriction in Windows.No it's not a work computer. I understand group policy (and it continues to piss me off). Lost privileges (shortly) to update the web site I created. We have a tight ass in sys admin, but I understand that he will and should keep security screws as tight as it possibly can be.

dstarfire
09-18-2017, 03:13 PM
How long is the filename (I suspect IE will try to use the page title or URL as the link's filename) and/or path to your desktop folder? Windows (still) has a path length limit of 260 characters, which is almost never a problem, but could be relevant if it's one of those pages with an essay for a title. I know it's a longshot, but I have encountered this problem when trying to delete some IE temp files.

If that's not it, it's time to start proper troubleshooting at the beginning: when was the last time you were able to save a favorite to your desktop? Then think of all the things you've done since then that would affect your desktop folder or the entire system (e.g. installing/removing programs, changing drive settings, moving profiles, etc.) and undo each one starting from newest to oldest.

enipla
09-18-2017, 03:29 PM
How long is the filename (I suspect IE will try to use the page title or URL as the link's filename) and/or path to your desktop folder? Windows (still) has a path length limit of 260 characters, which is almost never a problem, but could be relevant if it's one of those pages with an essay for a title. I know it's a longshot, but I have encountered this problem when trying to delete some IE temp files.

If that's not it, it's time to start proper troubleshooting at the beginning: when was the last time you were able to save a favorite to your desktop? Then think of all the things you've done since then that would affect your desktop folder or the entire system (e.g. installing/removing programs, changing drive settings, moving profiles, etc.) and undo each one starting from newest to oldest.File name length is not a problem.

Quite aware of trouble shooting techniques as I'm a programmer. Operating systems and networks are not my gig however.

Last time I saved a shortcut? It's pretty rare. I do think I had a problem a few months ago. This is just a net book that I use for emails, SDMB and such. I might order something from Amazon. No new software installed. No games, nothin. It's about as vanilla as a computer can be.

I think that jz78817 has the answer. It's an old IE problem that has not been fixed.

jz78817
09-18-2017, 03:40 PM
File name length is not a problem.

Quite aware of trouble shooting techniques as I'm a programmer. Operating systems and networks are not my gig however.

Last time I saved a shortcut? It's pretty rare. I do think I had a problem a few months ago. This is just a net book that I use for emails, SDMB and such. I might order something from Amazon. No new software installed. No games, nothin. It's about as vanilla as a computer can be.

I think that jz78817 has the answer. It's an old IE problem that has not been fixed.

and probably never will be now that IE is in "maintenance/deprecated" mode and Edge is the way forward.

Greathouse
09-18-2017, 03:41 PM
Is anything getting logged in your system or application event viewer when you try to save the shortcut and get the error?

Musicat
09-18-2017, 03:57 PM
Is your recycle bin empty? Files deleted still count as used space in the drive they came from.

dstarfire
09-18-2017, 09:39 PM
You mentioned installing an update (and MS is known to break stuff with updates, especially if it's a feature or tool they'd prefer you didn't use), have you tried uninstalling updates that mention IE?

You might have to consider using System Restore to revert to a time when you know it worked. For a system fairly close to out-of-box we're getting close to the point where it'd be faster to do a clean install than chase down this gremlin. I seem to recall Dells come with a factory reset utility built-in.