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#1 mausten

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:32 AM

Hi,

 

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

 

Please help!

 

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 09:39 AM

Try this... http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/desktop-icons-stop-working/0cde7357-f391-4359-bf7a-f7bb215a66ca .



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:10 AM

Thanks Elfbane,

 

I have read through the thread suggested and attempted what was detailed; but has had no affect.

 

In safe mode i get same issues as in normal mode.

 

I did try some tests and found that shortcuts .url work. It is just shortcuts of .lnk that are not working.

 

I have since scanned with:

 

adwcleaner_3.211.exe

tdsskiller.exe

hitmanpro_x64.exe

SUPERAntiSpyware.exe

 

and used CCleaner64.exe to clear out any temp / registry issues.

 

They found a few ad trackers, no virus or malware threats; but alas i still have the same problems after a re-boot.

 

I did try and run Microsoft's 'FixitCenter_Run.exe' as there was a short cut fixer mentioned 'http://support.microsoft.com/mats/system_maintenance_for_windows' but it would not install

 

or run.

 

I have a screenshot; but do not know how to attach it here.

 

Any other advice concerning this issue is greatly appreciated.



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 01:20 PM

I think you are on the right track with the file association fix. Download the LNK file association fix here. Unzip the file in an admin account and select Merge. Just to be safe, I would create a Restore Point before doing the fix.



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 02:23 PM

Thanks JohnC_21,

 

I tried the .LNK file from here http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/file-asso-fixes-for-windows-7/

 

Merged with registry and noticed that it addded a capitalized .LNK extension to registry; but didn't work.

 

I removed the .LNK from 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER' and here 'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT' and then edited the regisry file (downloaded from above URL) to replace all of the .LNK to .lnk - being hopeful that this was the only thing that jumped out. I merged this file to the regsitry rebooted and same issue.

 

There must be something somewhere breaking the .lnk behaviour; but It does not look like it is in the registry, i have also MSCONFIGED into computer with everything disabled baring ms servcies / processes again no change.

 

I am at a loss.



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:06 PM

Do you get the same problem if you create a new user account?

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 08:19 PM

Did you try running this command "sfc /scannow"



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:30 AM

JohnC_21 - Thanks, Same behavior for a new account.

 

JohnnyJammer - No result when i run it it scans and I still have same issue afterwards.



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:48 AM

See if this works. In the search box type regedit. Right click, run as administrator. In the menu bar select File > Import and browse to the lnk reg file. Then press Open. Reboot


Edited by JohnC_21, 30 May 2014 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

What is the output when you run this command
assoc | find /i ".lnk"


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 06:15 PM

Do you still need help here ??


Condobloke ...Outback Australian  

 

fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

 

Microsoft gives you Windows, Linux gives you the whole house...

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 10:26 AM

Trying now JohnC_21



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 10:27 AM

Johnny Jammer - here is results:

 

C:\Users\mausten>assoc | find /i ".lnk"
.lnk=lnkfile



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

JohnC_21 - no luck trying this : See if this works. In the search box type regedit. Right click, run as administrator. In the menu bar select File > Import and browse to the lnk reg file. Then press Open. Reboot

 

Same result links still do not work.

 

Condobloke, yes still need help if you can suggest anything. Thanks.



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 03:48 PM

Download Windows Repair (All in One) from HERE

Install the program then run it.

NOTE 1. In Windows Vista, 7 and 8 right click on the program, click "Run As Administrator".
NOTE 2. Disable your antivirus program before running Windows Repair.


Go to Step 2 and click on Check button next to 1. See If Check Disk Is Needed.
If the tool that the Check Disk is needed click on Do It button next to 2. Check Disk.
In that case make sure you restart computer.




Once the above is done go to Step 3 and allow it to run System File Check by clicking on Do It button:




Go to Step 4 and under "System Restore" click on Create button:




Go to Start Repairs tab and click Start button.

Leave all checkmarks as they're.
NOTE for Windows 8 users. Reset Registry Permissions is NOT checked by design.

Click on Start button.



Post Windows Repair log which is located in the following folder:
64-bit systems - C:\Program Files (x86)\Tweaking.com\Windows Repair (All in One)\Logs
32-bit systems - C:\Program Files\Tweaking.com\Windows Repair (All in One)\Logs


Edited by Condobloke, 01 June 2014 - 03:54 PM.

Condobloke ...Outback Australian  

 

fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

 

Microsoft gives you Windows, Linux gives you the whole house...

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy




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