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Unable to open shortcuts on my desktop

by Big Steve / December 19, 2011 7:33 AM PST

I don't know what happened but today I cannot open up any of the shortcuts on my desktop. Usually a right click will do it but today, nothing. I did a total shut down then powered back up and I still cannot open up my shortcuts, none of them. Suggestions would be appreciated.

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Clarification Request
OS and version?
by KenHusveg / December 19, 2011 7:55 AM PST

Have you installed, uninstalled or downloaded any files recently? Hardware changes?

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Re: Clarification request: OS and version?
by Big Steve / December 19, 2011 8:32 AM PST
In reply to: OS and version?

I installed some new updates from CNET TechTracker. My laptop's OS is Windows Vista Premium 32 bit, my current browser was Google Chrome but I'm back to using IE9 since I cannot open up the shortcut on my desktop for Google Chrome which I like better than IE9. Can you help me out here?

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Which Operating System?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 19, 2011 8:31 AM PST

For Windows XP:

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.


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.

Or... For Windows 7...

Here's a link which should help. Start with the .LNK or .EXE fix first..

Hope this helps.


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Re: Which Operating System?
by Big Steve / December 19, 2011 8:34 AM PST

The OS on this Dell Vostro 1510 laptop is Windows Vista Premium 32 bit.

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Re: Which Operating System?
by Big Steve / December 19, 2011 5:30 PM PST

Late last night rather than do another shut down I did a restart and that seemed to take care of my problem because everything is working now. I can right click on any of the icons on my laptop's desktop and they open up once again which is good. Happy

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It Worked
by Mad_Ducks / July 11, 2012 11:32 AM PDT

I have been trying to figure out what happed to all my short cuts as one day they just stopped....I have been to several sites trying what they said to do and nothing worked until I found your post. Thanks for the help!!!

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And Because Malware Frequently Causes Such....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 12, 2012 9:14 AM PDT
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Junk found
by Mad_Ducks / July 13, 2012 1:27 AM PDT

Amazing on how much junk these two malware removal tools found.

Thanks for the info! All seems to be working great now....


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(NT) Good Job & Thanks For Posting Back !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 13, 2012 6:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Junk found
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