Why have all my Start Menu items changed to .lnk files?

papa November 20, 2011

I opened a file named “Burnout(TM) Paradise The Ultimate Box” and it changed all my start menu items and other icons on the desktop into LNK files. How can I resolve this?

  1. shesh
    June 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm


  2. shesh
    June 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    You are truly Amazing

  3. prince
    June 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    huge thnks to u sir.......thank uu very much.....my pc is now working very well......again thank u very much......

  4. Jay
    December 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    to keep your customized file associations, restore to an early system point using system restore.

    • Sean
      May 20, 2012 at 2:45 am

      THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was about to toss my cpu out my window.

    • Sean
      May 20, 2012 at 2:47 am

      Thank you so much. I was about to toss my cpu out the window.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Hello, first of all I would give your computer a full scan with your antivirus/antimalware.  You could download the portable version of superantispyware:


    Once downloaded run, run the  SAS_***.com file by clicking on it.  Run a full scan and get rid of any entries found.  After doing this, give your computer a full scan with your antivirus.  If everything checks clean you can download the .exe fixer file.  If you are running windows 7, download the .exe fixer file from the following location:


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  6. Anonymous
    November 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

    you have file association corruption, which windows you have?

    1. Open the Registry Editor (click Windows + R, type regedit, hit enter).
    2. Navigate to this registry branch: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerFileExts.lnk
    3. Find the subkey called User Choice and delete it.
    4. Close Registry Editor.
    5. Reboot.

    or download this

    more can be found here

    • Uditk81
      December 30, 2011 at 6:04 am

      thanking you sir ............
      my pc working properly

      • Anonymous
        December 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

        Glad that worked for you, i know how much can be annoying if we cant click on the icons or another program launches. Thanks for your reply.

    • Guest
      January 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Just got Laptops from the school and this happened to me :S
      even though we pay they didnt give me administrative rights now i have to go see the mean teachers that will prob blame me for stuffing around on it :S sucks so much :( 

    • ashwin
      May 19, 2012 at 12:15 am

      thanks sir it worked out fine and i am not having the problem anymore!!!
      sincerely thanks!!

    • Joy Ghosh
      June 19, 2012 at 5:06 am

      Excellent solution. It worked. Thank you.

    • Gail
      June 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Can you tell me how to preform this action for windowsxp. It didn't work for me.
      The only thing that works on my computer is explorer.
      Everything is changed to an .lnk

      • Susendeep Dutta
        June 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

        Do a virus scan on your computer.Did you tried the software solution suggested above? If it doesn't helped you then try using system restore.

      • ha14
        June 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        for windows xp
        LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix (Restores Default Shortcut Behavior)

    • Praveen
      July 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Thanks to you Sir, my system is fine now.

    • Packard Leonberger
      July 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Works fine if you can open regedit, I cannot open anything

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