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VLC files changed

by brosner85 / December 18, 2011 7:08 AM PST

I accidentally changed most of my files to VLC's... So when I click on them, they open up in a video box and don't work. The file icons have the orange cone file picture... even like skype, tweetdeck, ie, etc. How can I revert them back to their original file?

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What files?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: VLC files changed

What files and what OS? How did you change them all?


System Restore, (if Windows)?

Re-associating the files?


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It's so weird!
by brosner85 / December 18, 2011 7:23 AM PST
In reply to: What files?

I downloaded a file and chose the VLC file for the "open with this file" thing, I think, then a bunch of the files changed into VLC's that were never VLC's before. The files include, IE, my itunes, chrome, adobe reader... just about all of them!
I have Windows 7 and just tried the restore but I've never set a back up point.
How can I re-associate the files?

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Hold on
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: It's so weird!

Is it all files cannot be opened, or just applications from shortcuts?

For example, you mention IE and Chrome. Is this from the shortcuts on your Desktop?

If so what happens if you try to open iexplore.exe or any other .exe application executables?

Looks like this may be a "link" association, or .lnk files.

Which OS again?


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It worked!
by brosner85 / December 18, 2011 7:54 AM PST
In reply to: Hold on

I ended up finding a restore point and just ran that... it worked! Thanks SO much for the help! I really appreciate it!

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That's great,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 8:00 AM PST
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Glad that worked for you, and thanks for reporting back.


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