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08 Mar 2011   #1

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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

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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

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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

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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

 
 

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

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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

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