I am not sure if this is the correct place to post; but if not let me know and I can post elsewhere.
Problem: Double clicking on Desktop shortcuts results in nothing happening. Single clicking in the start menu on any application results in nothing happening. The actual programs DO work when I locate the EXE file.
I had a look on-line and found the LNK and EXE registry fixes, I merged them to registry rebooted; but problems still persist. I have no restore points; but once resolved intend to create them for future.
Spec: Windows 7 pro 64 bit. 8gb Ram, service pack 1