So I was on my desktop, using it as I usually do (internet, IMs, etc.) and out of absolutely nowhere, my desktop shortcuts stopped working. I figured Windows was just wigging out a bit, so I restarted. Now it LOOKS to me as if every file on my computer has lost file associations, and doesn't know what program to use to open the file. This isn't too much of a problem since I can just redo them myself, but there's a major issue here in that this has also affected .lnk and .exe files. So basically, I can't run any programs at all. Shortcuts on my desktop, start menu, quick launch bar, or in Windows Explorer all ask me what program I want to use to open them when I click them. Bizarrely enough, this is also affecting .exe files. If I click an executable in Explorer or try and run it from the Run... tool it asks me what program I want to open .exe files with, and rightclicking only provides "Open..." on the context menu as if .exe files are some unknown file type. It's downright weird.
Does anyone know what the heck is going on with this?
EDIT: My apologies, forgot to add that this is on Windows XP Professional. Also it seems, for whatever reason, that image files (.jpeg, .gif, .png, pretty much everything) doesn't seem to be affected by this.
Edited by Village Baka, 23 October 2012 - 04:56 AM.