icons changed to my accounting software

ive had accounting software installed for awhile now. and then yesterday all my icons changed to that program and will open that program.

i uninstalled the program and now my app do not know how to open. windows 7 is prompting me to choose a program.

how do i fix
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try rebuilding the Icon Cache following this Microsoft TechNet article.


Restart after and check program operation.

If that does not work, make a new, test, Windows User Profile (Account). Log into the new Windows Account and test your program.

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William MillerIT SpecialistCommented:
Sounds to me that you may have accidentally told something on the windows desktop to "Open With". Which then rolled all files over that shared the same type to the new association.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/file-association-fixer-2-windows-10-8-7 - Quick and easy file association fixer for common file types.

IF problems with EXE is the issue, then take a look here:


That article also contains a fix tool, but it effects the registry so use at your own risk. If you're not comfortable with registry editing, then consult a local IT shop.
Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Go to IE options and reset IE. It might help.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
By "that program", I assume you are referring to something else other than the accounting program.

If Windows prompts what program to use, chose the appropriate program from the list. If it isn't there, choose the option to select your own program and point it to the EXE file for the appropriate program in C:\program files or C:\program files (x86).

If you can't find it, let us know what program you want and we can help; you figure out where to look for it.
NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistCommented:
Try finding the actual file you normally open (such as a .qbw) and right-clicking it; then, click OPEN WITH; click CHOOSE ANOTHER APP; click the correct application that should be opening the file, click to checkmark "always open with..."; click OK.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
#a42431351 should not be part of the answer as the problem was not related to IE.
Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
ttrbrtsn: Please, mark all helpful posts.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My recommendations as per Brian B.

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