View Full Version : desktop short cuts

04-09-2004, 08:48 PM
my short cuts and program icons have all changed them selves to.LNK files and now nothing will work it keeps coming up windows can not open file and nothing in the open with will work. adwatch was running at the time(part of adaware pro) i'm running xp home service pack 2 hope you can help

04-09-2004, 09:01 PM
Welcome to PressF1.
Right click the desktop icon, and look in Properties to check that the program path is correct. Some nasty may have changed them.

04-09-2004, 09:06 PM
Have you got tweakui it can repair icons it may work.
here (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp)

05-09-2004, 10:09 AM
i've done that and the paths are correct and i'm using find target at the moment to find my programsalso if i make a new short cut in a program folder it's also alnk file and won't open
thanks for the suggestion

05-09-2004, 10:16 AM
hi i've tried that and that does nothing the screen flashes but nothing changes.
thanks for the reply

05-09-2004, 10:17 AM
Are you sure you have'nt got a virus of some sort have a look at these two pages with the same sort of problem.
here ( http://www.techsupportforum.com/archive/index.php/t-8664.html)
here (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20994868.html)

05-09-2004, 04:26 PM
hi john boy
i went to the links supplied and down load some fixes from dougknox.com and they repaired my registry all running ok
thanks a mill
ps any idea why this happen? just curious