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How to reset .lnk file type associations

windnewOn the start menu, every short-cut on your desktop looks like a text file (or other application file) and double clicking it try to opens associated application without success.

lnk-extension-associated-notepad This can be solved by removing the .lnk association and associating lnk to “lnkfile” with a command.

Please follow steps:

  1. Open regedit and delete the following keys
  2. Open a command-prompt with admin privileges (run as administrator)
    Enter and execute the following command:
    assoc .lnk=lnkfile

All short-cut files should be now restored to their original icons and you’ll be able to open them normally.

Solution based on excellent post in  http://jesin.tk/delete-file-association-windows-7/


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