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#1 Tommy Wylie

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 02:14 PM

I cannot get any program on my Win7 PC to start by double clicking the icon on the desktop, which incidentally have all turned into blank rectangles. With most of them, if I try, it shows me a list of programs and asks me which program I want to open the exe file with! Some programs just give "cannot find (name).exe". However if I find a file that uses one of these programs (for example a .doc or .jpg file), double clicking it will start the program. However, I cannot start System Restore or connect to the Internet.

 

 

I have found a registry edit file at (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html)... should I use this?


Edited by Tommy Wylie, 22 April 2015 - 02:37 PM.
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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:08 AM

Hello there,

Do you still need help?

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#3 Tommy Wylie

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:59 AM

Hello Alex,

actually the registry file did the trick... I thought I came on here and reported the success, but it appears I didn't. Oops!

 

It still makes me wonder what corrupted the registry in the first place, but at least it is now sorted.

 

It was a worrying moment when I clicked "Merge" on that registry file.






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