Why do all my desktop icons look like Word icons?

Jones November 1, 2011
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All my shortcut icons on my desktop have changed to the Microsoft Word icon. Whenever I try to open a program, it tries to open MS Word instead and the program won’t launch. How do  I fix this?

  1. Goodtalk Oyeinlayifa
    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    1. Copy below from Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 to \FileExts\.lnk\UserChoice]:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;LNK file association fix for Windows Vista.
    ;Updated on April 24, 2007

















    2. Paste it on notepad
    3. Save it as Good.reg on desktop and close
    4. Run the file from desktop
    5. Restart your system
    6. You smile

  2. Pierina Short
    May 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    All my icons have changed to word, when I click to open mozilla or any other program I only get word. Can you please help. Thank you. Pierina

  3. Farcomm
    February 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    What is the "iexplore" icon that looks like you are looking through a rifle scope at three crescent moons over a circle ?

    November 2, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hello, that is common when you set up any program as default for executing .exe files.  There have been many questions similar to yours.  Here is one link that will fix your problem.  Read all the comments because there are several ways of accomplishing the same thing. 


    • Jones
      November 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Hello Fidelis,

      I followed the link and it helped a great deal. Thanks very much for your efforts.

      • FIDELIS
        November 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        good stuff

  5. Jeff Fabish
    November 2, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Hi Jones,

    What operating system are you running and does this only effect a specific file extension, such as .exe or .jpg? Try resetting the file associations (particularly, the file extensions effected). If it effected all (or most) extensions, I would consider going back in time using the System Restore function.

    • Jones
      November 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      My O/S is Windows 7 Home Premium.
      I tried everything you suggested but never worked, however i downloaded the "Inkfix_vista.reg" installed and rebooted my PC then everything went back to normal.
      I value your help and appreciate your efforts very much.

      • Jeff Fabish
        November 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        Thanks for letting us know, Jones! 

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