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MS Windows Shortcut Files

In addition the target file, Windows shortcut files contain several interesting pieces of information that include:

  • Three date/time stamps that relate to the last time the target was accessed by the given shortcut file. (More testing needs to be done to determine exactly how these date/time stamps relate to the target.)
  • The size of the target when it was last accessed.
  • Serial number of the local volume where the target was stored.
  • Network volume share name
  • Read-only, hidden, system, volume label, encryption, sparse, compressed, offline and several other target attributes.

Specific details of .lnk shortcut files can be found here: Windows Shortcut File Format