Why do all my desktop icons now Adobe Reader icons?

jaypal November 7, 2011
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I opened one shortcut with Adobe Reader, and suddenly all my shortcut icons are showing the Adobe Reader file type. When I open any of them, Adobe Reader opens instead of the program. How can I fix this?

  1. Jeff Fabish
    November 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Hi JayPal,

    You need to reset file associations. Adobe Reader is known to currupt registry entries, so I recommend using an alternate PDF reader such as Foxit or PerfectPDF.

  2. FIDELIS
    November 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Hello, this is a very common question asked regularly.  To fix your issue you could start by reading and trying the steps recommended in the following links:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/change-fix-broken-file-type-associations-windows-7/

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