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Clicking on desktop icons brings up a windows that says

by gtdavid / December 15, 2004 9:29 AM PST

open with ? file.It never did this until I tried to open a registry cleaner.In the open with ? file I typed in windows.Now all of my desktop icons brings up this same box.Also most of my desktop icons has the windows symbol instead of the ones I had before.I want to restore my desktop back to where I can click an icon and the page comes up instead of a open with what file.How can I restore it back to the way it was.It has something to do with me typing in windows when I TRIED ta open a program file.Inexpierence.

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What OS do you have?
by Steven Haninger / December 15, 2004 10:37 AM PST

If XP, you should just use the built in System Restore function. If 98, you use the "/restore" switch with "scanreg". You can replace a corrupt registry with a previous copy.

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When clicking on icon,
by gtdavid / December 15, 2004 11:58 AM PST
In reply to: What OS do you have?

I use windows 95

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Sorry. No further clues
by Steven Haninger / December 15, 2004 8:21 PM PST
In reply to: When clicking on icon,

You might take this to the Win 95/98 forum. 95 had two versions and still something of DOS underneath it. You might see if "scanreg /restore" is a valid command but I do not know.

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Try this.
by Tufenuf / December 15, 2004 8:19 PM PST

gtdavid, Go to the link below and download the "EXEfix08.inf". Save it to your hard drive and right click it and choose "Install". You should also read the "ReadMe.txt" file prior to doing the above.

As far as your incorrect Icons problem check out the possible solution under the "Resolution" section at the link below.

Starting your computer in SAFE mode then restartin it in Normal Mode will also rebuild the ShellIconCache file.

The registry is a very touchy area to mess around with as are Registry Cleaners if you're not experienced with the registry.


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Nothing you'll want to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2004 9:25 PM PST

Windows 95 didn't come with many repair tools. When we called in with a problem, too often Microsoft would reply "Reinstall the OS".

If repairs fail, you'll follow Microsoft's instructions on this.


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