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Link Shell Extension
Sven Sorensen
Create symbolic and hard links on a NTFS Windows filesystem similar to those on UNIX-based systems
A review of Link Shell Extension by Sven Sørensen
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Free Freeware
Hermann Schinagl
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
May 25, 2018
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Link Shell Extension is a free tool which enables Windows users to use hard links or symbolic links, something UNIX users have been doing for eons.

The advantages of linking files and directories are vast and can even be useful for backing up files or simply providing your PC with a little assistance when finding a file.

Link Shell Extension installs on your system and then adds some options to the Windows Explorer context menus. From there, you can select the link source and then link a file or folder to another location, perhaps an external or second internal hard drive with your mouse.

Overdoing it with links can sometimes be a hassle, but for those with correct knowledge of using symlinks, it's a great tool and thus we highly recommend Link Shell Extension to seasoned UNIX users or to mainstream Windows users who may like to save time and space.

Features and highlights
  • Integrates with Windows context menus
  • Cancel symbolic or hard links with a click
  • Access functions through popup menus
  • Drag-and-drop support
  • Auto-rename feature
Compability and license

Link Shell Extension is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from file organizer software without restrictions. Link Shell Extension is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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  1. Link Shell Extension Download
  2. Freeware File Organizer Software
  3. Major release: Link Shell Extension 3.8
  4. Free Software Download

Compatibility with this hardlink creator software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Link Shell Extension may be available from Hermann Schinagl. This download is distributed as HardLinkShellExt_win32.exe and HardLinkShellExt_X64.exe.

Link Shell Extension has been picked by our editors as very good.
Link Shell Extension has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Link Shell Extension against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.

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Organizer Downloads

  1. NTFSLinksViewView the symbolic links created on a NTFS system in Explorer