desktop icons turned into .lnk files

My desktop icons and program links listed in all programs have turned into Windows Media Player .lnk files.  Whenever you try to open them, Media Player opens followed by an error box stating the MP cant run this type of file.  I can access all my files and programs by going to C>programfiles or Documents.  This all happened right after I used the MP to play a DVD for the very first time.  I had used it for viewing pictures and internet files.  I am running Windows 7 Professional with Virtual PC and Windows XP mode.  Thanks for your help

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Last updated September 3, 2019 Views 156,294 Applies to:

Hi Bradner ,

Clicking on the .Lnk files should open up the associated .exe files. However if the .LNK files doesn’t work, this can be because the underlying .EXE association has been broken often by some programs improperly changing the registry or the association in the registry can become corrupted.

You may try changing the file association from the Control Panel.

Navigate the following location to change the file association.

Start \Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs\Set Associations

Instructions on how to change is provided in the link below.

Change which programs Windows uses by default

If that doesn’t help, please follow Sean Zhu’s post on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 6:26 AM from the link below on how to restore the .link file association.

That should do the trick.


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