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Desktop Icon Applications Won't Run, Programs won't start

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#1 Teach Power

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:20 PM

I had a problem where my computer started up what seemed like normal, but without the normal programs loaded that are usually in the task bar at the bottom right. I tried to double click an icon on the desktop and a window popped up with a list of applications asking me what program I wanted to use to start the program I clicked on. This happened for all icons on my desktop, any program/application I chose from the START > PROGRAMS menu list, and any .EXE program I double clicked in any folder I navigated to through the MY COMPUTER folder. The only thing that did work was Internet Explorer which allowed me to find a small "registry fix" file that I downloaded and ran. Of course I started to freak out because I couldn't find a way to urgently run a thorough virus/malware scan by opening and starting my Avast antivirus and all other tools I use to clean and fix my computer!!!

The "registry fix" worked but I want to better understand the problem I had so I can fix it if I (hopefully never) ever run across it again.

Anybody tell me what was the problem and how to correctly fix it the next time? Thanks much for any and all help.
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