How can I remove a file type association for .lnk files?

billy-bunter September 10, 2010
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I have read the ‘How to fix .lnk file associations‘ question. I have the issue, but none of the answers actually say ‘associate program XYZ’ with the .lnk file type.

I think my issue is that there is an entry in the file association table, so every ‘shortcut’ wants to open with the associated program. How do I remove the .lnk entry so that Windows 7 will run the program the shortcut points to?

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    April 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

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    January 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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    October 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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  5. Bab
    September 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    THANKS !!!! it works 

  6. Bob
    May 17, 2011 at 3:42 am

    how do you do this manually? Why would I run a .exe on my computer that I download from a random website posed as a helping type file. No I don't need any viruses thanks you so much. 

    • Tina
      May 17, 2011 at 7:00 am


      you can do it manually by editing the registry. I don't know which keys to edit, though. I'm sure you can find it using Google.

      But why the hassle? Count the comments above of people stating that it worked. And look again to find anyone who reports this .exe file was malware.

      Good luck!

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    March 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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  10. Moewilliam
    January 10, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Mille Grazie amico.

  11. Bill Kuhne
    September 12, 2010 at 3:55 am

    thank you.... I was able to d/l the fix on 2nd computer and then USB transfer it to run fix... I now have a second user set up on the pc... just in case I screw up again

  12. Aibek
    September 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Hey Billy,If I understood correctly you have the same issue as they question you linked to. You basically, need to remove the associate for *.lnk files. No?

    You may either use the software recommended in the comment above (download link) OR use the option 2 in the first answer from

    • Rahul
      May 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Thank It work excellent

  13. Anonymous
    September 11, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hope this link will help you:
    Unassociate file types in Windows 7 & Windows Vista
    •Download from the Attachments section, and save to Desktop
    •Extract the contents to a folder and run the file unassoc.exe
    •Select the file type from the list
    •Click Remove file association (User)

    • Bill Kuhne
      September 12, 2010 at 3:52 am

      thanks squillions..... this resolved my issue. dont know who pays guys/ladies like you for this help to people like me .. but from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU

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      December 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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    • vdot
      April 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      ive tried this one but it doesn't upload the file even if i have changed the compability

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      September 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm


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      October 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

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      November 25, 2011 at 7:54 am

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