Well, OK, that's true. Windows Vista introduced an attempt at an analog to a *nix symlink, but I'm not sure whether in this context the distinction matters, or not. Whether it is a true symlink or a "shortcut", I suspect the system has to go through the same or similar gyrations in order to determine whether the link is unique, or not. I could be mistaken, of course. Perhaps jbernardis will chime in.