Windows 7 forum


Application not found in Windows 7

by raddbrad / August 24, 2012 1:50 PM PDT

I was running both IE and Firefox on my Windows 7 system. After I deleted Firefox, all my Desktop shortcuts have an Application Not Found error. Many of the fixes on CNET direct me to the XP forum. I have Windows 7. Any advice on how to fix this?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Application not found in Windows 7
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Application not found in Windows 7
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
Searching on this forum
by raddbrad / August 24, 2012 2:04 PM PDT

I do not see a way to search on exisiting topics that might already cover the ' Application not found' error in Windows 7. Am I missing something?

All Answers

Collapse -
I would wonder what method you used to delete FF but also
by Steven Haninger / August 24, 2012 10:37 PM PDT

wonder if you tried "system restore" yet. Do that first. You might also add what applications are missing and if they are still found in Start/All Programs, etc. If so, you can recover the links that way.

Collapse -
Resolution but confused
by raddbrad / August 25, 2012 4:11 AM PDT

Thanks for your advice. The clue to the problem /solution was contained in my original query. I encountered the 'Application not found' problem with my desktop shortcuts after I deleted Firefox as a browser. As soon as I reinstalled it, the problem was solved. Apparently Firefox got its hooks into my shortcuts and invalidated those shortcuts under IE alone. Those shortcuts were created by IE, but now will only work if I have Firefox installed - even if IE is my default browser. Can anyone explain why this situation exists?

Collapse -
Re: shortcuts
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 25, 2012 9:26 PM PDT

Such a shortcut is simply a url. You define what program to use to open it in Control Panel>Default programs.

If it's defined to use Firefox and that program isn't present anymore, you'll get that message. The cure is quite simple: tell Windows 7 what (other) browser to use. Use the second option (filetypes or protocols), page down to protocols and choose your favorite browser for ftp, http and https. Should work.


Collapse -
Registry files
by engtianxi / August 30, 2012 7:43 PM PDT

Because the software has the registry keys left behind on your computer. That means you don't uninstall Firefox safety. So, to solve the problem, you install Revo Uninstaller remove the registry keys and/or uninstalls the software safety.

So, like that you will no need to reinstall the software again, just use the Uninstaller to remove the software's registry keys.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?