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Need help Removing LNK icons from desktop

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by boyletammy, Apr 28, 2010.

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  1. boyletammy

    boyletammy Thread Starter

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    Some of my icons on my desk top have turned into LNK and i cant open them i need help fixing this PLEASE
     
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    Welcome to TSG I have removed your email address from your post. You should not post your email address as the only thin you'll get is spam, all answers will be posted on this forum for you to view safely.
     
  3. boyletammy

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    will i be notified if there are replys through my email?
     
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    Depends on the option you have set for subscriptions. The default is to get email notification of replies. Sometimes it fails or is tardy, so my advice to anybody really interested in his/her thread is to check it for replies.

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  5. CowboyPete

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    I just experienced the same problem. Has anyone found a remedy?

    Thanks
     
  6. TheOutcaste

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    Actually, most of the icons on the Desktop should be .LNK; that's the file extension for a Shortcut (Link) file. The Extension is normally set so it never shows, even when the system is set to not hide file extensions. I suspect the NeverShowExt registry entry is missing or corrupted. And if they no longer work, there may be other pieces that are missing or corrupted.

    Go here:
    File association fixes for Windows 7
    and download the fix for LNK files.
    To extract the file from the ZIP archive, double click on the downloaded file to open it, then drag the .reg file to your desktop.
    Double click it to merge into the registry.

    See if that gets them working, and not showing the LNK extension.
     
  7. CowboyPete

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    YOU DID IT! Many thanks. At first I wasn't certain if it worked because the Icons on the desktop and taskbar still looked the same (representations of Photo Viewer) but when I clicked on them, they actually opened up into the proper applications instead of just opening up Photo Viewer. I rebooted the computer, and to my delight all the Icons were displayed appropriately. Thanks a million. I was afraid I'd have to resort to a Factory Restore.
     
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