The hidden shortcuts inside Documents on Windows 10 installs

I noticed this on Windows 10, and I believe I remember it from Windows 8, but I’m not sure. I have hidden files set to be displayed, and inside the Documents folder are three computer-generated shortcuts that are hidden files. They’re for “My Music”, “My Pictures”, and “My Videos”, yet they have blank targets and if you try to use them they will say the file is not accessible and access is denied. I’ve been wondering for years why these shortcuts are even there. Are they so legacy programs from say, XP era can run? Maybe it has something to do with the Libraries system? I recently installed Windows 10 from scratch on a new SSD and those shortcuts were there from the start, so Windows seems to think they’re needed for something.

And of course the age-old computer question: I wonder if I can delete it? :slight_smile: