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Windows 7: Solving Adobe Reader icon problems, no need to back up files...

26 Sep 2012   #1
writingkitty2

version 7
 
 
Solving Adobe Reader icon problems, no need to back up files...

I was working on my files when suddenly all icons turned into Adobe Reader icons. The suggestion was to uninstall Adobe Reader (I did), save Windows 7, then fix the registry, etc. or try to reinstall Adobe Reader. After three tries using a different browser and the icons reappearing all over the desktop, blocking all other items, I decided to follow Cnet suggestion to install FOXIT 5.0 Reader. I did and I can read all my files perfectly.
Although computer geeks would have known how to fix the problem, I was afraid to mess up Windows 7, the Registry and who knows what else. I hope that the alternative will be a permanent fix. Any other simple suggestions will be appreciated.


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26 Sep 2012   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello writingkitty, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If these were all shortcuts that the icons changed for, then downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below would most likely fix that for you. It restores the default associations for shortcuts.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Sep 2012   #3
writingkitty2

version 7
 
 
Adobe Reader icon problems, back-up Windows 7...

Thank you so much for taking your time to provide an (possibly) excellent fix for the problem reported; however, I am not too savvy on computer problem fixing to deal with your solution. I guess I will leave things the way they are since Foxit 5.0 is doing the Adobe Reader's job. I hope your work was not in vein and others with more experience will benefit with the great information you have provided. Thank God for forums and contributors!
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26 Sep 2012   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. If it happens again, please just let us know.
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26 Sep 2012   #5
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writingkitty2 View Post
Thank you so much for taking your time to provide an (possibly) excellent fix for the problem reported; however, I am not too savvy on computer problem fixing to deal with your solution. I guess I will leave things the way they are since Foxit 5.0 is doing the Adobe Reader's job. I hope your work was not in vein and others with more experience will benefit with the great information you have provided. Thank God for forums and contributors!
I have used Foxit for over 5 years and find it to be a great replacement for Adobe, it has a smaller footprint and cuts down on the bloat. So, if you find an easy fix for your icon problem, I would suggest Foxit as a better choice and continue using it anyway.

HTH
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