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Windows 7: I messed up my shortcuts.

09 Jun 2014   #1
joeinsc01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I messed up my shortcuts.

I am running Windows 7 on an HP Pavilion Slimline. On the "Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program" screen, under the Control Panel I changed the .lnk from Unknown Application to Internet Explorer under the "Current Default" column. What I didn't know was that it would change most of my shortcuts to an Internet Explorer icon and now I can't get them to work. When I click on one, it asks me if I want to save, run, or open. My question is, can I change the Current Default for .lnk back to Unknown Application and if I can, will that fix what I've messed up? Or if anyone knows how to fix it another way, please help. Thanks in advance, Joel.


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09 Jun 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Joel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you can use the downloads for specific file extensions in the tutorial below to restore their default associations.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Jun 2014   #3
joeinsc01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I messed up my shortcuts is FIXED!!

Shawn, you are a lifesaver! All I had to do was do the tutorial on the only file I messed up and it fixed all of my shortcuts that were affected. You don't know how much I appreciate this. I am on disability and I have to use my computer for most everything, especially paying bills, lol. Again, thanks and I hope you have a great day.

Joel
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11 Jun 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Joel. I'm glad it was able to help.
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11 Jun 2014   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Malware can cause this behavior. You might want to do a full scan with your security software.
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