Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column). RIGHT click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP", choose "Save Target As " or "Save Link As", to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it or right click it and choose "merge" and answer yes to the import prompt.
Or, if that doesn't work?
Click on the link below, then look to the "EXE File Association Fix", and download the .zip file to your computer desktop.. ONce there, unzip the file, then double click on the "xp_exe_fix.reg" file that is inside, choose "OK/Yes, when it asks "Are you sure?".. Restart the computer.. It should now run those problem programs and Control Panel icons.
Hope this helps.
I'm running Windows XP (SP2 fully updated), runs great w/ no problems.
But recently, something has changed on the system and I cannot now execute Internet type shortcuts from the desktop. All other shortcuts from the desktop(ie. to Word text documents, Windows folders etc) work fine.
PROBLEM EXAMPLE: Normally, when you're viewing a web page you can right click anywhere on that page, and from the context menu choose 'create shortcut' and a dialog box will let you place a short cut to that internet web page right on the desktop, --and when you double click it, it will then take you directly to that page in the Internet, etc etc. But now, when I double click it I instead get a Windows message box with a red circled X that says " THIS FILE DOES NOT HAVE A PROGRAM ASSOCIATED WITH IT FOR PERFORMING THIS ACTION. CREATE AN ASSOCIATION IN THE FOLDER OPTIONS CONTROL PANEL." And I'm not sure what this means or how to go about correcting it.
For information purposes, another (and maybe closely related)issue is that many of the MS Word text documents that I have contain 'Hyperlinks'(that refer to internet web pages), which if you hold down the Control key and click on them, will then take you directly to those pages on the internet, etc etc. But now, when I click on them I instead get a windows message box ,with a red circled X, that says "THIS OPERATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT ON THIS COMPUTER. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR." And again, I'm not sure what happened in the system or how to 'correct' it.
I use the term'correct', because (and I'm not at all sure of this),it could have happened when I recently took my computer into the shop to have an 2nd Gig of RAM installed, and while it was there they decided to give me a free 'tune up' just to make the sure the computer was in tip-top shape, and all. It apparently didn't really need a tune-up though because they remarked that they don't see computers that are that 'clean'. --And I do keep it purged and really squeaky clean. But anyway I don't really know what they might have done during the 'tune up' thing.
So I would really appreciate it if anyone out there on the forum may have experienced these Internet Shortcut and/or file-association issues and could help me with some advice and direction here.
Dan D. in NJ