deleted Show Desktop file how do I recover?

When I was cleaning unwanted windows system files I must have deleted a system file or short cut that allows me to click on the desktop icon from the quick launch in Win98.  the Icon in the quick launch bar has been replaced with the standard window logo on a white paper.  When I click on the icon I get the "open with" dialog box with this message. "click the program you want to use to open the file 'desktop as shortcut.desklink' if this program you want is not listed click other."
 I did a file search to locate the the source file and get "show desktop.scf" and inside the file has the following:

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3

[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

now I am lost as to how to recover.

PasBear
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hewittgCommented:
Have you looked in your recycle bin for the deleted files?

Glenn
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PasciCommented:
Did you try to create a new shortcut in the quick launch bar for the desktop, I think you can just drag it there from the source file.
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
hewittq,

No system files in the recycle bin  I feel it was when I was in explorer>view>folder options>file types  and I was messing around with the  registered file types is when I lost the ability to use show desktop ability.


Pasci,
I cant  create a new shortcut since the "open with" window will appear. besides I when I double lick on the souce file I get the "open with" dialog box.  It is like when you delete a program manually and then try and use your shortcuts and Windows doesnt know what proggie to start.
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hewittgCommented:
Pas,
See if this helps
SYMPTOMS
When you double-click a file that is associated with a program, the program may start but you may receive the following error message

Cannot find file <file path> (or one of its components).
Check to ensure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.
where <file path> is the path to the file being loaded. When you click OK, the file is loaded correctly.



CAUSE
The Use DDE setting is enabled, or the information in that section is incorrect.



RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

Double-click My Computer.


On the View menu, click Options.


Click the File Types tab. To modify an association, click the file type in the Registered File Types box, and then click Edit.

To determine which file type is causing the problem, use the right mouse button to click a file of the appropriate type in Windows Explorer, and then click Properties. The line titled Type lists the entry in the Registered File Types box that needs modification.


Click the Use DDE check box to clear it.

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PasBearAuthor Commented:
hewittq,
Sorry, none of that worked I believe I deleted the association from the registered file types hence I have no way to modify an association. once again when I click on show desktop from the quick launch bar I get the "open with" dialog box wanting me to associate the shortcut with an "application" (EXE). when I right click->properties, on the show desktop shortcut, it directs me to c:\windows\system\show desktop.sfc.  When I view the show desktop.sfc file It read the following:


                      [Shell]
                      Command=2
                      IconFile=explorer.exe,3

                      [Taskbar]
                      Command=ToggleDesktop


Now, your going to ask me to just associate the short cut with show desktop.sfc and that wont work cause it will just pull up the above text.

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PasBearAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points to 150
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hewittgCommented:
Ok, let's try this.  Hope I am not boring you

SUMMARY
This article describes how to re-create the Show Desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar. You may want to use this method if the Show Desktop icon has been deleted.



MORE INFORMATION
To re-create the Show Desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar, follow these steps:

Use any text editor (such as Notepad) to create a file with the following lines:
[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop



Save the new file as a file named Show Desktop.scf in the Windows\System folder.


Quit Notepad.


Using Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click the "Show Desktop .scf" file, and then click Create Shortcut.


Copy the shortcut to this folder:
Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch



Rename the shortcut to Desktop.


The Show Desktop icon automatically appears on the Quick Launch toolbar.
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
hewittq,

Once again It failed. since I already have the Show Desktop.scf in the Windows\System folder, and I right click on the short cut will bring the  open with dialog box commanding me to choose an application to start the show desktop.scf

thanks
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
hewittq,

FYI
http://freespace.virgin.net/john.cletheroe/mswin/launch.htm#scf

at this point I am gonna step away for a few hours to clear my mind.  I think this link will help us
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
ALL *.SCF files are not working. they all require me to select an application to run the *.scf under the "open dialog" box
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hewittgCommented:
I thought you were steppin away for a while, LOL.  I am still lookin for you
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LermitteCommented:
Go to add and remove programs,in your control panel search and click on you internet explorer and repair Internet Explorer. PS It's possible that you need the Source files for this.

Mario
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
lermitte,
when to add and remove proggies and I have no IE in there.  I also went to window set-up tab to reinstall IE, no reference of IE in there.  
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
I guess this question is harder that I thought
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
I guess this question is harder that I thought
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Davy070599Commented:
Hi,

I think your best shot is to reïnstall win95.  This will replace the missing files.  Make sure that you don't replace newer files when you try it!

Byeee...
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
Davy,
Yes I am aware of that but I want to know WHAT has caused it, What files control the show desktop.sfc.  I can re-install Windows for just about any problem the OS gives you and there has been times I have reinstalled Windows only to have the problem reside in the registry. Thanks anyways.
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hewittgCommented:
Seems the file that executes the scf file is gone (I think), do you have explorer.exe?  Still tryin
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hewittgCommented:
I typed the wrong executable, still lookin
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raddersCommented:
In reg edit, (start-run-regedit) search for all the following to make sure that they all exist. It could be that something is missing. (I'm sorry, it's just one of these hunches which I've got)

{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

{72267F6A-A6F9-11D0-BC94-00C04FB67863}

{75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEACF9}

{E7D3DB4E-199C-11d1-9828-00C04FD91972}

{00021492-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

BTW for the general readers, it's not an idea to go altering these without knowing what they do. You'll damage windows somehow.
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raddersCommented:
(If you copy & paste the above into the search string, make sure the space @ the end of the each line isn't copied.)

Feel free to ignore this suggestion.
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PasBearAuthor Commented:

I am sorry I have not responded faster but I am working 12-16 hrs a day so please dont feel like I am ignoring your help.  I usually "play" with my computer on weekends.

Hewittq,
Yea I do have explorer.exe on the system. My feelings are with you.  I do believe the exe file that shows the desktop is missing or a problem with the registry.

radder,
I do have all of the above references in my registry.  I must admit I dont understand the keys but I like your approch to the problem.
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points to 300
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raddersCommented:
I take it you have the show desktop.scf on your system somewhere..

Is it in the following directory??

C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

This is where all the quick launch files are, so anything in here should be displayed..

Sorry, just remembered that u said it opens an open with dilog.
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raddersCommented:
I have created a new file and bunged all the ini commands in, and it works fine, except the icon.

When you do this the "open with" dilog box comes up, meaning that the file extention of .scf is not allocated.
Umm....
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raddersCommented:
U need to add a new file type...

under file types-new type

Discription of type - Windows Explorer Command

Associated extension - SCF

Content Type -

New Type

Application used - "C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\iexplore.exe" (or wherever it is)

use DDE

DDE Message - [ShellFile("%1","%1",%S)]

Application - Folders

Topic - AppProperties

Actions - open

That should do it!
(Please tell me it works:o)
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PasBearAuthor Commented:
Radders,

Yea It DID work!!! FYI the only difference is the ICON is not the traditional desktop ICON but the IE Icon. That is cosmetic and I am sure I can change it somehow. I increased your point to 400 cause I feel it is deserving I didn't realize this was a hard problem for most to solve.  The only think I can assume is when I was cleaning out the system I had several associations to proggies that were deleted from my system and I and inadvertenly deleted the Show Desktop Association.  I have problems with file associations about every 3 monnths. Since I work on computers on the side, I am constantly installing and removing software and drivers from my system causing an unstable environment.  I must admit I need to work on file association and the registry, do you have any books or sites to recommend?



Experts,
I would like to thank-you for all of your time and effort.


PasBear
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raddersCommented:
The icons can be changed by changeing the number in

IconFile=

within the file.
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