Why are my *lnk files messed up?

Gaugin Singh June 8, 2010
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I have been using Windows 7. One day I was listening to a song, then I got a song having no default player, written Skype on it. I opened it with VLC media player.

Surprisingly, all my desktop shortcuts converted into VLC file as default. So to open a file I have to open it with “openwith” then with corresponding program. I changed the default program, for example for Adobe files I changed the default program from VLC to Adobe reader. However, after doing this all program shortcuts converted into Adobe reader files as default.

Please tell me how I can fix that!

  1. Aibek
    June 14, 2010 at 8:50 am


    I have answered similar question already, see

    How can I change for fix .lnk file associations on Windows 7?

    As Saikat recommended, make sure to backup the registry before applying the fix. The Export option will do the backup.

    • Gaugin
      June 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      yeah.... i have done what u and Saikat recommended and now problem is solved .... thanks a lot to provide me the solution

      • Aibek
        June 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

        thanks for update

  2. Saikat Basu
    June 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I searched online for the solution to your problem and it seems there are people who have faced the same errors. The good news is that there's a fix. Check out the link-


    It's a registry fix so do a registry backup before merging the reg file. Of course, read the article in full and then apply the patch. As I am not facing this error, I could not try it out myself.

  3. pceasies
    June 9, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Try changing screen color depth to 16-bit, applying it, then change it back.


    I believe that resets the icon cache, it did with XP.