All my icons are changed to word icons

wintermint

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You need to change default programs associated with the files. If you're using windows 7, you can just press start and click on "default programs". It should be the same with other OS but if not.. you should be able to find it by going control panel > install/uninstall programs. Another alternative is to download a software that deletes associates with file types. CNET download.com has those [used one in the past]
 

unoriginal1

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It is not due to a virus.... :/. It's your lnk file association. It's very simple to change and not sure why Microsoft even made it that easy of an option.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-windows_programs/somehow-all-of-my-desktop-iconsprograms-got/5d6696c5-d36d-4b8a-850a-f942e66e1bd5

Heres your answer. Theres also some zip downloads on other forums that will correct it for you with out having to set up a new user / restore as Microsoft suggest. However... Do so at your own risk ;).
 

tufzz

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1. Go to Start Menu
2.Type regedit in search box
3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\
4. Look for .lnk extension
5. Delete .lnk key or delete the userchioce key
6. Reboot
 

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V_DUB_GUY

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RIGHT CLICK THE ICON THAT IS APPEARING IN WRONG FORMAT. (YOU NEED TO FIND OUT THE FILE LOCATION THAT IS WRONG) THIS WILL HELP IF ALL YOUR ICONS HAVE CHANGED TO NOTEPAD, ADOBE OR WHATEVER. THE FILE LOCATION WILL SAY EITHER .LNK .EXE .JPEG AND SO ON. THIS IS CALLED A REGISTRY ERROR. HERES HOW TO FIX.

CLICK THE START BUTTON ON THE BOTTOM LEFT

TYPE REGEDIT IN THE SEARCH BOX

CLICK YES IF IT POPS UP

THEN GO TO HKEY_CURRENT_USER

SOFTWARE

MICROSOFT

WINDOWS

CURRENT VERSION

EXPLORER

FILE EXTS

THEN FIND WHAT EXTENSION ALL YOUR ICONS ARE SHOWING UP AS WHETHER ITS .LNK .EXE AND DOUBLE CLICK ON IT

RIGHT CLICK USER CHOICE THEN DELETE

CLICK YES

YOU WILL NEED TO RESTART YOUR COMPUTER AND THEN ALL OF YOUR ICONS WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL
 

jeyaseelangce

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Thank you very much






 

james wili

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Thanks you so much its work....
1. Go to Start Menu
2.Type regedit in search box
3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\
4. Look for .lnk extension
5. Delete the userchioce key
6. Reboot
 

GSA-IT

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THANKS TUFZZ!!!!!!! #5 is alive!!!
 

Rajat Tewari

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sandilem

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hi
how do u find userchoice
 

Shaloo_1

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My regedit extension not work, i mean it comes on start menu when i type it - but after click yes when it popup nothing happened.

what i do. Please Help Me.
 

ForestMeadow

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Tesfaye_1

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really I 10Q U!.............thank you....u teach me very well....10QU! 10QU! 10QU!


 

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