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.LNK files showing as Notepad in Windows Server 2008

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This morning for some reason all the links on my server desktop are Notepad documents. I searched the web and found a solution to delete the .lk key from the registry and import it from another win 2008 server. I did that and rebooted. The issues still persists.

Any way I can fix this?
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Sure, just right-click the file and select "open with". Pick whatever you would like to associate these files with from now on, and select to use it as default.
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That doesnt work, as it's deeper than that. ALL .lnk files are broken, not just one. Even if I perform that they are still a .lnk file and opens on Notepad.
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UPDATE:
It only applies to the current proffile logged in.
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I found my own solution to this, Here it is:

First, check to see if this issue is exclusive to the user logged in, Do this by logging out and log in as another user (it's a good idea to use an account that hasn't logged on this device before).

If the links now apper in good order the issue is in:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER>SOFTWARE>MICROSOFT>WINDOWS>EXPLORER>FILEEXTS>.LNK

Watch the screencast below. Make sure ONLY the values shown remain..
Majo2469-371722.flv

NOTE THIS IS SHOWN ON A WINDOWS SERVER 2008 R2 - Other O/Ss may vary.

Now if this is happening with ALL ACCOUNTS
You need to go to:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>.LNK
Under ShellEx there is only one key:
Name: (Default) Type: REG_SZ Data: Leave Blank (value not set)
Under ShellNew there are 6 keys:
NAME              TYPE                  DATA
(Default)          REG_SZ                LEAVE BLANK (value not set)
Handler           REG_SZ                {ceefea1b-3e29-4ef1-b34c-fec79c4f70af}
IconPath         REG_EXPAND_SZ  %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-16769
ItemName        REG_SZ                @shell32.dll,-30397
MenuText         REG_SZ                @shell32.dll,-30318
NullFile            REG_SZ                (blank)

Restart your device and you should be good to go!
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"That doesnt work, as it's deeper than that. ALL .lnk files are broken, not just one. Even if I perform that they are still a .lnk file and opens on Notepad."

My solution changes the file association for ALL .lnk files, not just one. You could have just as easily achieved this solution the way that I explained, or through the file association menu in explorer. Glad you got it sorted out.
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Jsblanton, I really hope I didn't offend you. The solution you entered was:

"Sure, just right-click the file and select "open with". Pick whatever you would like to associate these files with from now on, and select to use it as default."

What path the .LNK was pointing to was intact. So changing what program you have it pointing to use doesn't help. The .LNK association itself was bad. You souldtion is valid, but did not apply to this fix. I do appreciate your answer no matter if it was the solution or not.

Thank you
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Hope this helps!
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