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Programs wont open from desktop icons

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October 23, 2011 10:31:22 PM

what can I do to fix my icons to open. for some reason evverything wants to open thru internet explorer, Where can I got in the system to corrwect this problem??/
October 23, 2011 10:53:30 PM

Huh... that's interesting.

Let's start with a little troubleshooting to get the obvious problems out of the way.
Open your start menu, and find "Command Prompt" under Accessories, or enter "cmd.exe" in the 'Run' box.
Wait for the black screen to pop up. Type in the following and hit enter:

assoc .lnk

Note that the above is a lower-case "L", not an "I".
It should return with this directly underneath:

.lnk=.lnkfile

If it came back with anything else, especially involving internet explorer, go ahead and enter the following:

assoc .lnk=lnkfile

It will return below ".lnk=lnkfile", confirming that link (shortcut) files are basically being directed to Windows' shortcut system instead of an individual program.
If that works, then congratulations. :)  If not, then we've got more troubleshooting to do...
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November 2, 2011 3:37:48 PM

121281,2,565567 said:
Huh... that's interesting.

I have the same issue that my icons suddenly do not link to the associated programs. I can open them by right clicking the icon then the program file. I tried your suggestion and the cmd black box wording is correct as you say. One other thing that is a little different is that most of my icons do not have the correct graphic, but all have the same standard icon. Those that do have the correct icon (just 4) do open their program. I have tried to add the appropriate correct icon graphic "change icon" from right clicking the icon but it does not stay when exiting.

Thanks. RoyLMcG
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November 2, 2011 8:38:48 PM

121281,2,565567 said:
Huh... that's interesting.

I found another solution that has worked... thanks.

I have the same issue that my icons suddenly do not link to the associated programs. I can open them by right clicking the icon then the program file. I tried your suggestion and the cmd black box wording is correct as you say. One other thing that is a little different is that most of my icons do not have the correct graphic, but all have the same standard icon. Those that do have the correct icon (just 4) do open their program. I have tried to add the appropriate correct icon graphic "change icon" from right clicking the icon but it does not stay when exiting.

Thanks. RoyLMcG
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March 30, 2013 2:13:51 PM

I have the same problem. almost all of my icons ate a sheet with arrow and NONE open the .exe
I can click properties for the icon
Open file location
then double click on the exe (the icon does show in the explorer window) and the app executes.
In the start menu, receive the following:
"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program, or, if one is installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel"
Bob@storageman.com
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