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Fix the associations on a win 7 machine from starting windows media player?

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At first I thought a friend's machine (win 7) had associated .exe with windows media player (all icons on the desktop had windows media center icon, and clicking on anything would start windows media player).

But it seems that .lnk's are associated to media player?!

I compared the registry for hkey_classes_root for .exe and .lnk with a machine working OK and they look the same.

anywhere else to look?  Tool to fix this?
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"At first I thought a friend's machine (win 7) had associated .exe with windows media player (all icons on the desktop had windows media center icon, and clicking on anything would start windows media player)."
Shut down and reboot.
A little more drastic
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-rebuild-icon-cache-in-windows-7-to-repair-icons/

If no help, delete the old Desktop icons and  create new Desktop shortcuts for the affected programs.

If that does not help see this
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html

"But it seems that .lnk's are associated to media player?!"
Not necessarily.
.lnk files
http://filext.com/file-extension/LNK
"The LNK file type is primarily associated with 'Windows' by Microsoft Corporation. A shortcut file is a pointer to an .EXE file somewhere on your system. When you click on the shortcut it's like clicking on the .EXE file and the associated program should start and run"

.exe files
Executable program file created for Windows
http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/exe

.lnk is not specific to Windows Media Player.
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