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Unable to open application shortcuts on desktop

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#1 HelpmeJebus


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 03:49 AM

Recently i used this program called ADW Cleaner and accidentally clicked the "LOG" option rather than "Repair". Long story short, on reboot it seemed to have screwed up my registries or something because i am unable to launch programs like Google Chrome, Steam, Skype etc.. from the desktop.
I am able to "Open file location" and then launch the program from there, But when i double click the icon on the desktop nothing happens, not even a loading bar, just absolutely nothing. I can open folders on the desktop but that's it. I have tried fixing my registries, scanned my whole computer for viruses and  searched for hours on how to fix this but i cant understand what the problem could be. This is really frustrating and any help would be extremely appreciated!
one more thing: (important)
System Restore is not an option for me. Apparently there are no back up points to restore to, and when i tried to set up one in the past i get an error saying "The restore point could not be created for the following reason: An error was detected in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).. blah blah.


Thank you.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:53 AM

Try running the chkdsk /r on the Windows partition.


<<I have tried fixing my registries...>>


The registry does not ever need "fixing", whatever you might think.  Tell us exactly what you did, what programs you used, please.


Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2563254


Registry cleaner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner


Registry Cleaner FAQ




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