Icons on desktop changed. They won't let me open programs.

January 26, 2012 at 08:53:17
Specs: Windows 7
My icons on the desktop changed to the icon of internet explorer. I don't remember what I did that made the icons change. Now everything on my desktop appears with the internet "explorer" icon. Every time I open any of the programs--which can't be identified properly because of the explorer icon--, word, skype, powerpoint show me a window that reads: "View and track your downloads". This window displays a series of files on the left column and two icons on a right column that read "open" and "save". Summarizing, the icons on the desk top were converted into the "explorer" icon and every time I double click on any of them, the windows of the different programs show the "View and track your downloads" and a series of files that are connected to internet explorer.

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#1
January 26, 2012 at 10:04:27
If the .LNK files doesn’t work, this can be because the underlying .EXE association has been broken often by some programs improperly changing the registry
or the association in the registry can become corrupted.

Perform system restore to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos.
Follow these steps to restore your computer to an earlier point in time:
To restore system files and settings using a recommended restore point:

1. Open System Restore by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore.
If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
2. Click Recommended restore, and then click Next.
If there isn't a recommended restore point, follow the steps below to choose a specific restore point.
3. Review the restore point, and then click Finish.

To restore system files and settings using a specific restore point

1. Open System Restore by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore.
If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
2. Do one of the following:
• If there is a recommended restore point, click Choose a different restore point, and then click Next.
• If there isn't a recommended restore point, click Next.

3. Click the restore point that you want, and then click Next.
To view the programs and drivers that will be affected (which could include programs that will be deleted), click Scan for affected programs.
4. Review the restore point, and then click Finish.

Access these links for more information:

1. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...
2. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

You may also check in a new user account.
1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety (or clicking User Accounts, if you are
connected to a network domain) and then clicking User Accounts.
2. Click Manage another account.
3. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
4. Click Create a new account.
5. Type the name you want to give the user account, click an account type and then click Create Account.
Create a user account:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...
If it works in a new user account then you need to fix the corrupt user profile. You may visit this link for the steps:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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#2
January 26, 2012 at 12:56:35
Try the EXE fix from here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

If that doesn't sort it out use the LNK fix.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
January 28, 2012 at 14:09:29
Thank you very much for your help!! My laptop is working now.

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#4
January 28, 2012 at 15:13:48
Thx for feedback - if you pop back, what fixed it?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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