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Windows 7: Programs turned into text files

08 Mar 2011   #1
lavastones

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Programs turned into text files

My parents forced me to let my little brother use my laptop. He set every program to open in something. Now every program is a lnk file. Help please.


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08 Mar 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Do you mean that the default file associations are now with a text editor?

If so, you can restore the default associations using this tutorial :

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Please follow it carefully.

Ask more questions if you are unsure and we can help you better.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Mar 2011   #3
lavastones

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Sorry, I seemed to of said the wrong thing in the first post. Everything is now an lnk file.
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08 Mar 2011   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

OK. Ink files are just shortcuts.

Are these on your Desktop? can you give us a bit more information about which files and in which locations? Perhaps a screencapture or two will be useful too.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Mar 2011   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

Follow the instructions in the link that Golden has provided. It's the EXE extension that needs restoring.
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08 Mar 2011   #6
lavastones

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I did what gold's link said but when i logged back in nothing happened. All the exe programs have been converted into lnk files so i can't open any of them. Whenever i try to i just get a screen asking what program to open with. The icons on them all look look like peices of paper with the top right corner folded down. I can't really upload a screenshot in the current state.
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08 Mar 2011   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Are these Ink files on the Desktop, or inside program Files?
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