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Posted on 2010-11-29
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My wife was editing a picture in MS Office Picture Manager and "She Cclicked something and saved the picture". Now all of the shortcuts default to this program.  All of the file icons have been replaced with the MS Office Picture Mgr icon.  Every shortcut by default opens this program.

I checked the properties of the shortcuts and they point appropriately to their rightful programs / file paths. I can open the programs by going to the actual file program. When I log in under my account, the icons and programs are appropriate / work as expected.

Any ideas what she did? Better yet, any ideas how to fix it?  I know I can delete the profile from the client machine as it seems to be contained within her user profile. I would really like to fix it systematically and not by bruteforce.
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by:moon_blue69
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Hi

do a system restore

Accessories ->system tools->system restore. And restore to an earlier date when it was sorking
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by:bz43
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(think you posted this question twice)
If I understand you correctly, all 'picture' files are now associated with the MS Office Picture Manager.  And that is not what you want.  If that is correct then you simply need to re-associate the file extension with the program you want to open it.

Click the "Start" icon.  Type "Set Associations" and click "Make a file type always open in a specific program".  Then select the file extension under the Name column and then click "Change program..." Select the program you want to always open that particular file.
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by:bowlzee
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bz43 is correct.

You can also find the file associations stuff by opening windows explorer (My Computer) and clicking Tools in the top menu. From the drop down select Folder Options. Click the tab File Types then scroll down the list until you find .jpg, jpeg, gif, png (the usual file type for a picture) and click the change button.

Click Change and find Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, this will return it to default settings.

Quick Summary:

My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types > Change default behaviour.
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by:fasteddie565
ID: 34235064
Sorry for the doble tap on the question...

@ moon Blue69.  I did a system restore and received an error that stated it coud not start a program required for the system restore.

@ BZ43.  It is not an association issue. I checked all of the file associations and they are correct (or at least point to a compatible file.  It appears to be shortcuts.  The shortcuts have the MSPM icon instead of Win Explorer or calculator.  When I check the path from the shortcut, some seem to be OK, others are blank, it seems like the default settings for .lnk files is this picture manager. (I may have answered my own question)
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by:fasteddie565
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OK,

I checked the file types for .lnk and as I suspected per my last post, it is this MS Office Picture Manager. Can I merely delete this and allow the shortcuts to go back to their respective files?  No? Too easy?
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bz43 earned 500 total points
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I don't know.  But, maybe try  this site and scroll down to
lnk - Shortcut link (LNK) files
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by:fasteddie565
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I found a tool called unassoc_1_4 at http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/231/1/An-Utility-to-Unassociate-File-Types-in-Windows-7-and-Vista.html and it unassociated the file type and all of the shortcuts now work.

BZ43, your tool appears to do the same thing, but using different logic.
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by:fasteddie565
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I found an easier solution, however the solution provided would have still fixed the issue.
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by:bz43
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fasteddie565, glad you fixed it.
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