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Windows 7: Desktop Shortcuts and Start menu links won't work

08 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Desktop Shortcuts and Start menu links won't work

I recently built my new computer. Today I was just installing some programs when I noticed that all links had stopped working.
Right after installing Photoshop CS4, i tried to open it from the start menu and nothing happened. I would click the icon but absolutely nothing is happening.
It happens for everything, firefox, itunes, even shortcuts to folders. Creating new shortcuts also doesn't work. My quick launch toolbar also stopped working. The only way I can open up programs is to go into windows explorer and find them.
I tried uninstalling Photoshop, which did nothing. Used ccleaner to fix the registry errors, still nothing.

Should I just do a startup repair install? Or is there a better way to fix this issue?

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08 Mar 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

You can try a system restore, but a repair install may be your best bet...
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08 Mar 2010   #3

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