Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

windows 7 shortcuts become named *.lnk

Posted on 2013-01-01
9
Medium Priority
?
764 Views
Last Modified: 2013-03-11
Computer with Windows 7 suddenly changes desktop icons that were shortcuts.  
New file names are no longer e.g. "Internet Explorer" but, rather, "Internet Explorer.lnk"
File type is no longer Shortcut but .lnk
Creating new shortcuts results in the same thing.
Have not found a solution and it appears this is NOT a file association problem.
Rather, it appears to be how shortcuts are working.

It doesn't matter if the shortcut is to an .exe or to something else like .doc.
0
Comment
Question by:Fred Marshall
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
9 Comments
 
LVL 98

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 38735260
Shortcuts in Windows 7 *are* .lnk . All of mine say Type of File:  Shortcut (.lnk). This is how Windows 7 works.  There does not appear to be anything wrong.

.... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 3

Assisted Solution

by:dramdrum
dramdrum earned 1500 total points
ID: 38735277
Greetings,

Shortcuts do indeed have the extension .lnk, but if it shown like this it means it somehow broke and the .lnk extension is no longer associated as shortcut.

Looking around a bit there appears to be a registry fix you can apply.

Save the following into a .reg file, then import into the registry.




Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;LNK file association fix

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk]
@="lnkfile"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{000214EE-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{000214F9-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{00021500-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew]
"Handler"="{ceefea1b-3e29-4ef1-b34c-fec79c4f70af}"
"IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
  74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
  00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,\
  31,00,36,00,37,00,36,00,39,00,00,00
"ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30397"
"MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30318"
"NullFile"=""
"Command"=-

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew\Config]
"DontRename"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile]
@="Shortcut"
"EditFlags"=dword:00000001
"FriendlyTypeName"="@shell32.dll,-4153"
"NeverShowExt"=""
"IsShortcut"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\CLSID]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\OpenContainingFolderMenu]
@="{37ea3a21-7493-4208-a011-7f9ea79ce9f5}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\DropHandler]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\IconHandler]
@="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.lnk\UserChoice]
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Hassan36
ID: 38735566
Well this is not a Sudden thing to happen....that is due to virus..... Here is the solution for this problem... I already applied on my computer.... Registry Entries.... Execute them as an administrator....

Regards
Hassan lnk-fix-w7.zip
0
Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:dramdrum
ID: 38736177
Contents of that file are pretty much the same as what is posted above.
0
 
LVL 98

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 38736326
@fmarshall - If you think there is a virus or other malware on your computer, run online Malwarebytes and scan the complete machine. That may get rid of the virues.

After scanning and any repairs, try the registry fix above and see what happens.

... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 26

Accepted Solution

by:
Fred Marshall earned 0 total points
ID: 38738245
I ended up using this:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/answers?tId=b441d7c5-d9c0-4a51-99b5-2b69b5c7d107

At first I didn't because it was listed as for Vista only.  But then it was advertised as OK for Win 7 as well.

It worked.

I rather wish that I'd had an answer like dramdrum provided even though I can't understand all the lines there......  maybe it's even the same as what I used.  I can't tell.  Can anyone?
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Hassan36
ID: 38738890
it is as same as Dramdrum and my Solution.
0
 
LVL 26

Author Closing Comment

by:Fred Marshall
ID: 38762310
Perhaps both work....
0
 

Expert Comment

by:fogelberg
ID: 38976040
Using regedit, I imported the two files from the Microsoft website indicated in fmarshall's post on 1-2-2013 and it worked great.  The OS on the system I had a problem with was Win7 SP1.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
IF you are either unfamiliar with rootkits, or want to know more about them, read on ....
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

610 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question