Why have all my files changed to to .lnk in Windows XP and how can I change it back?
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So apparently my virus scanner failed me again and something hitched a ride on a free media player I downloaded. After I removed the media player (which didn’t work anyway), all my files appear to be changed to .lnk. How can I change it back? Nothing will open now!

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  • Mark

    This is what I did after going round and round trying to find the answer to my .lnk problem
    (changing all my shortcut and programs extensions to .lnk)…

    Note: I did this in Win XP

    1. Start Menu
    2. My Computer
    3. Tools (menu)
    4. Folder Options
    5. File Types
    6. Click New Button
    7. File Extension Box = LNK
    8. Click Advanced Tab… In Associated File Type Box = Shortcut
    9. Click OK

    What happen right-a-way all of my Icons changed back to normal and all my programs
    started working. I did a reboot and everything is still working.

    I hope this helps.

    • EZBOO11

      THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!! WORKED JUST LIKE YOU SAID. GLAD TO TO KNOW THAT THERE IS GOOD INFO OUT THERE.

    • jAXE

      mark ….. u r gr8 man….
      thank u for helpin us…..
      :)

      THIS REALLY WORXXXXXXX

  • Rick

    I have windows xp. When I attach pdf files to my email to send they convert to .ink files no one can open. How do I fix this?

  • Jeffery Fabish

    Nice, Tina!

    Erin, were you able to confirm you actually removed the malware?

  • Erin

    Thank you!   That worked great :)

  • Tina

    Erin,

    in your original subject line you wrote that all ‘shortcuts’ changed to lnk files. All shortcuts should carry the lnk file ype association.

    From the body of your question, however, I understand that all your files were changed to .lnk files. Please confirm!

    You may want to try the registry fixes on this page to fix all file types: Windows® XP File Association Fixes