"Real" symbolic links for Windows???

One of the major shortcomings of Windows is that it never had support for symbolic links (a la UNIX/Linux). Sure, Windows has shortcuts, but they’re not the same thing as a symbolic link and the shell does not treat shortcuts to files like the files themselves. This makes things messy when you want to organize files.

Perhaps this is a solution to the problem: CHLExt v1.01

From today’s LockerGnome Windows Daily:

I don’t know about you, but I have run into a few programs that don’t like shortcuts. It seems to be a diminishing characteristic in newer programs, but there is still the occasional application that won’t work unless you access the program file directly. With CHLExt you can get around this problem by making a “hard link” to the file. A hard link is like a shortcut, but it’s NTFS-based, so as far as the troublesome program is concerned, it thinks that this hard-linked file is the same as the original. Hard links don’t take up any room on your hard drive; however, when you right-click the hard link and choose Properties, it will give you a file size. This happens because it is getting the information directly from the original file; the hard link itself isn’t taking up that space. CHLExt is easy to use because it is a shell extension. That means that all you have to do to har-link a file is to right-click it and choose “Create Hard Link.” Now you can rename that hard link and move it anywhere you want on your NTFS hard drive… it’s that simple! (Please note that this application will only work on Windows 2000/XP machines running NTFS.)

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