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All icons and "file types" have changed. Anyone know why?


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#1 i_say_potato

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 06:36 PM

Hi everyone. I'm new to BC. Hope someone here can help me with my problem.

Yesterday every single icon on my desktop, Task Bar, Start-Menu, and even in the extended menus have ALL changed to the iTunes logo/icon. Every. Single. One.
If I try to open something-- whether it's a document, inserted CD, Internet Explorer, etc. --iTunes opens instead.

I've right-clicked on every shortcut I have on my desktop and Task-Bar and I've viewed the Properties of each consecutively, and they all say that their File Type is iTunes (with the suffix ".lnk" at the end.)
Now, I CAN open the programs labeled as iTunes, but I have to go around the direct short-cuts and main menus; opening with a right-click is what I've had to do from the computer sub-menu of the Start Menu.

The only "different" thing that I've done recently is tweaking the Auto Play options in the Control Panel (I wanted to watch a movie, and the default program was annoying.)
But even after I reset them all back to Default, the icon problem and File Type issues have remained.

Does anyone have an idea why this is happening? (I own a new Acer laptop running on Windows 7, if that helps with anything.)

All suggestions will be much obliged. :)

Edit: Moved topic from Introductions to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 i_say_potato

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 06:37 PM

Sorry, guys-- I shouldn't have posted the question in this forum.

Edited by i_say_potato, 26 December 2010 - 11:13 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2010 - 08:11 PM

No problem, I have moved your topic for you.

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 11:37 PM

Hi

That must be stressful to see all the I tunes icons. However this may help you This tutorial should be of some help http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/remove-file-type-associations-in-windows-7/

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 08:32 PM

Coxchris, thanks for the link. I clicked it and read through what was in it, but it wasn't anything I wasn't familiar with.

My problem has resorted to this: I know how to change the Default Programs and etc. But when I do, the icons and file types that have been changed DON'T CHANGE BACK to what they were before this mess.
(I was under the impression that if I changed the primary Default Program then things would even out.)

I went to the sub-menu from the Computer link in the Start Menu and when I looked at the files under the Acer(C:) disk, their file-types seem normal-- but if I try to make new shortcuts and delete the "iTunes" ones, then either I get one of those "You do not have permission to..." pop-ups, or the new shortcut/icon shows up as an iTunes icon.

I'm trying to figure out a way to revert everything back to what they were before iTunes suddenly started absorbing it all.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 08:35 PM

Also, someone told me that if I deleted iTunes, then the original file types should sort themselves out.
This sounded fishy to me.
Does anyone have any good advice in response for that bit of strange advice?




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