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Windows 7: Friend changed all shortcuts to open with IE

20 Jan 2010   #1
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 
Friend changed all shortcuts to open with IE

Need a little help here. I've gotten a text from a friend saying that all her files open with Internet Explorer. After having her explain it to me a little more, it seems she changed all shortcuts to open with IE. Anyway she can revert back? She tells me even clicking "System Restore" opens IE.

Here is a snapshot.



Please note that I'm not at her place, only getting text messages. Any help appreciated.


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20 Jan 2010   #2
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andythecurefan View Post
Need a little help here. I've gotten a text from a friend saying that all her files open with Internet Explorer. After having her explain it to me a little more, it seems she changed all shortcuts to open with IE. Anyway she can revert back? She tells me even clicking "System Restore" opens IE.

Here is a snapshot.



Please note that I'm not at her place, only getting text messages. Any help appreciated.
See what the latest restore point is. If it is within the past few days I try that first.
I also want to know how she did that in the first place. Just to know. lol
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20 Jan 2010   #3
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 

I tried to get her to System Restore but she says it opens with Internet Explorer also. I told her to type in the Start search line "rstrui" because she said accessing Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore also opened in IE.

Should I go over to her place and use a Win 7 disc to do the restore?
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20 Jan 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Type default in search. Change the defaults for programs that are not corrrect.

Once you get this worked out try to find out what caused the problem.
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20 Jan 2010   #5
surfasb

Windows 7
 
 

This sounds like a rogue registry change......

You can also initiate system restore from outside Windows. Hit F8 as you bootup.

Or use the setup disk.
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20 Jan 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Andy,

You might see if using the LNK download in the tutorial below may be able to fix this for your friend. It will restore the default associations for all shortcuts (.lnk files).

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Jan 2010   #7
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

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25 Jan 2010   #8
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 

Update on the status of the program. Turns out she changed EXE's to open with IE and not LNKs afterall. I downloaded the EXE reg file from the link Brink provided and all went well. Cheers.
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25 Jan 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Brink is truly one of the forum's biggest assets. He has helped so many. TY from us all.
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26 Jan 2010   #10
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Brink is truly one of the forum's biggest assets. He has helped so many. TY from us all.
BRINK is just out of this World.
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