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Old 08-12-2008, 09:12 AM   #11
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Have you tried to reset the system to a date before your "accident" ? I think this should still be possible in vista.
No. As I stated previously, the last time that I created a save point was about 3 or 4 months ago, and I've got too much stuff put on my computer since then, so I can't and/or am not going to use Restore Points.

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On XP you could go to Tools-->Folder Options to mess with some of that stuff (ie get a list of extensions, icons representing them, and the programs associated with them). Isn't there some way to do this with Vista?

Then again, even with that I'm not sure what you'd set it to to fix the shortcuts. I wonder what'd happen if you deleted the entry in that window (Folder Options)?
Nope. They took out that tab when they raped Vista.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:44 AM   #12
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Try using the "Default Programs" option in control panel.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:51 PM   #13
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did you ever consider searching the registry for the file name of the executable you associated your shortcut files to (ie notepad.exe)? Perhaps from there you can find out where in the registry it's linked to.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:36 PM   #14
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- Open Windows Explorer
- Option -> Document options (My XP is in french, so I don't know the exact words) -> File types -> Here, you can edit the application to open with each file type.

This is on XP, but Vista should have it too.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:53 AM   #15
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Try using the "Default Programs" option in control panel.
I did. The same "Open With" window appears...which is what fucked up my computer in the first place.

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did you ever consider searching the registry for the file name of the executable you associated your shortcut files to (ie notepad.exe)? Perhaps from there you can find out where in the registry it's linked to.
Oh...umm, no I didn't. I'll try it.

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- Open Windows Explorer
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This is on XP, but Vista should have it too.
I don't have XP, I have Vista. Vista doesn't have it, as I've stated the last 2 or 3 times that someone has brought up XP.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:04 AM   #16
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AWESOME! I found the registry key which stores the default program for .lnk files...the only problem is that unless I specify another program, I can't restore it. It won't lemme delete it or set it as (value not set). Could someone else who has Vista look in the Registry and find out what the default value is? Here's the path to the registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.lnk\UserChoice

Once there, the value to look for is:

Progid

It's a REG_SZ type of value, so...yeah.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:07 AM   #17
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This site offers reg files to reset file associations (including .lnk). Obviously, read the reg file in notepad before you merge it to make sure it's legit:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/0...-folder-drive/

If you'd rather take the manual route, they also post instructions here:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/0...ginal-default/
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:08 AM   #18
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Ok, sorry about my last post, didn't quite get what you meant the first time.

Meanwhile, I've installed vista on a VM, and made a bunch of .reg files that should (hopefully) fix your .lnk files problems.

It was made using Vista Ultimate, but it should work for any edition.

Extract the zip file and click each one of the 5 .reg files to change your registry, allowing (in case you got that stupid user protection turned on) each one.

Tell me if this worked.

PS.: Also, you might need to "run them as administrator"
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:12 AM   #19
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I don't have XP, I have Vista. Vista doesn't have it, as I've stated the last 2 or 3 times that someone has brought up XP.
Sorry, didn't have a lot of time at the time I wrote this, so I did not read the entire thread.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:02 AM   #20
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This site offers reg files to reset file associations (including .lnk). Obviously, read the reg file in notepad before you merge it to make sure it's legit:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/0...-folder-drive/

If you'd rather take the manual route, they also post instructions here:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/0...ginal-default/
I did what the website told me to do. Now all that remains is for me to restart my computer...again.

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Ok, sorry about my last post, didn't quite get what you meant the first time.

Meanwhile, I've installed vista on a VM, and made a bunch of .reg files that should (hopefully) fix your .lnk files problems.

It was made using Vista Ultimate, but it should work for any edition.

Extract the zip file and click each one of the 5 .reg files to change your registry, allowing (in case you got that stupid user protection turned on) each one.

Tell me if this worked.

PS.: Also, you might need to "run them as administrator"
Erm...it didn't work. Sorry 'bout that.

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Sorry, didn't have a lot of time at the time I wrote this, so I did not read the entire thread.
Eh, that's okay...I'm not mad.
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