How can I solve a problem with .lnk file associations in Windows 7?

Pradeep January 12, 2011

I have all my files opening in Windows Media Center. I have downloaded the .exe file suggested by your website, unzipped it and added it to the registry. However, I observed no change. Please someone help me out!!!

  1. Abutaren_banumba
    January 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

    thanks for help it work

  2. Edris
    December 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

    my all programs type changed to ink file type can any one solve my problem????????????

    • Tina
      December 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm


      did you try the registry fix?

    • Reneneroles
      December 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      hey all my programs turns also to .lnk file is that is a virus?

      • Tina
        January 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        Did you try the registry fix?
        It's not necessarily a virus, but to be safe, scan your system with Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials.

  3. ?zor
    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    hey tina, keep scrolling but I can't find the .lnk.... 

    • Tina
      August 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm


      the link to the registry fix can be found as option #2 in the very first reply by Aibek to this question: //

      Or just download the fix here:

  4. Leasi
    April 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    It worked nicely. Thank you!!!

  5. Tina
    January 17, 2011 at 3:22 am


    were you able to fix the file association with the above tips? Please update us. Thank you!

    • kfur
      March 25, 2011 at 1:34 am

      the .INK thing for vista works in windows 7!!!! i am so glad i found this site!!! inkfix_vista..... its the bomb!!! thnx ppl

  6. Anonymous
    January 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm
  7. Tina
    January 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm


    I assume you followed the instructions to solve the problem in either this question or that question.

    What do you mean you 'added it to the registry'?
    Do you mean you unzipped and ran this program (link will download it) which applies changes to the registry?
    Did you reboot your computer after doing that and still no changes?

    As described in the first article mentioned above, you can also fix the .lnk file association manually. I will copy and paste from Aibek's answer:

    - Go to Start -> "Control Panel" -> Click on Porgrams
    - Click on "Default Programs"
    - Click on "Associate a file type or protocol with a program." to open the "Set Associations" menu.
    - Scroll through the list of extensions to locate the .lnk file extension. The listing will show the description and the current default program associated with it.
    - Click on the extension (to select it) and then click on "Change Program."
    - Select the program you would like to open *.lnk file types.
    - Click on OK.

    Did you try that? Please let us know so we can assist you further in case it didn't work!

    • Jippy Kumar
      June 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      thanks tina god bless

    • Salahj
      November 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

      hi Tina,
      have  the same problem but all my floders are shortcuts ,, so i dont know what programe to select to change the folders on my external hard drive to go back to normal and be able to open them

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