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by valeve / May 25, 2005 7:07 AM PDT

I've seen this message before but the answer escapes me. My desktop icons won't open any programs unless I right click and then open.

Thanks, Val

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Re: desktop icons
by Tufenuf / May 25, 2005 9:07 AM PDT
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Val, I'm assuming that you're running Windows XP and that those desktop icons are shortcuts. Go to the link below, click on Win XP Fixes, click on File Association Fixes, the download the ''LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix'' which is a .zip file. Download the ZIP and open it. Extract the REG file to your hard disk and double click it. Answer yes to the import prompt.


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(NT) (NT) Thanks you so much. I've bookmarked that great link!
by valeve / May 25, 2005 11:07 PM PDT
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Glad to help and here's 3 more links
by Tufenuf / May 26, 2005 1:15 AM PDT
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not working for me
by PinkElephants / August 17, 2005 4:11 AM PDT
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I get the same msg when I click the reg file as I do with the lnk files.. any ideas?

msg is as follows: windows cannot open this file. to open this file windows needs to know what program created it et al.

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Re: not working for me
by Tufenuf / August 17, 2005 4:44 AM PDT
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PinkElephants, Go to the link below and download the Fixswen.inf file. Save the fixswen.inf file to your local hard disk, right-click on the file and choose install. It may correct the problem.


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no install choice
by PinkElephants / August 17, 2005 8:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: not working for me

Same error msg as lnk / reg files. any other ideas?

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Can you give an example?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 17, 2005 9:08 PM PDT
In reply to: no install choice

PinkElelphants is this happening to all of your desktop icons?

Some icons may be actual documents, music, videos, photos, etc that have been saved onto the desktop, but mainly they should be ''shortcuts'' to programs, or shortcuts to documents, music, photos, etc save elsewhere.

Which ones are you having problems with, and what happens when you double click them? What error message to you get exactly?

Shortcuts are just that, a file which is a shortcut to the original elsewhere on your hard disk. But that shortcut file needs to know where on the disk the original is. If the link is broken, it may be easier to find the original and create a new shortcut to your desktop, and we can show you how to do that.

If the icon on your desktop is an actual document, music, etc, and it does not open when you double click it, you should get a different error message. What is that?


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Re: no install choice
by Tufenuf / August 17, 2005 10:51 PM PDT
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PinkElephants, You're one of many experiencing this problem. Can you do a System Restore to the closest date prior to this problem? Have you updated your virus definitions and run a full virus scan? All of the File Association Fixes are either .reg or .inf files and since your associations have been hosed these fixes won't help. I'm assuming you're using Windows XP.


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