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Every shortcut on my desktop lost its personal graphic. Word 2007 has to be associated with Winword.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cymbal Man Freq., Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Cymbal Man Freq.

    Cymbal Man Freq. Flightless Bird

    Every shortcut on my desktop lost its personal graphic.

    Word 2007 has to be associated with Winword.exe everytime.

    Even my Roxio Creator icon when clicked has to be reassociated with it's exe
    program. There is a real bug going around when 2 separate machines from
    different households get some of the same .exe problems the same night.



    I don't have McAfee, I have Norton 360. This stuff crept up on me in the
    last few hours. I don't have any critical updates waiting for me when I shut
    down next time.
     
  2. Cymbal Man Freq.

    Cymbal Man Freq. Flightless Bird

    "Cymbal Man Freq." <disasterpastor45@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:uw0zzBr4KHA.5548@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Every shortcut on my desktop lost its personal graphic.
    >
    > Word 2007 has to be associated with Winword.exe everytime.
    >
    > Even my Roxio Creator icon when clicked has to be reassociated with it's
    > exe program. There is a real bug going around when 2 separate machines
    > from different households get some of the same .exe problems the same
    > night.
    >
    >
    >
    > I don't have McAfee, I have Norton 360. This stuff crept up on me in the
    > last few hours. I don't have any critical updates waiting for me when I
    > shut down next time.
    >


    It seems like almost all if not all of my .exe file associations have
    totally lost it. No regular program will start up properly.
     
  3. Cymbal Man Freq.

    Cymbal Man Freq. Flightless Bird

    Fix for .exe & .lnk failure

    I tried this fix and it fixed my .exe dislocation but my icons are not yet
    fixed with their original designs. Maybe a reboot will fix that?
    ********************************************************

    http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2006/12/ad-watch-setting-can-kill-lnk-and-exe.html

    Since Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE was released in August, 2004, licensed users of
    the Plus and Professional software have had a problem when using the
    Automatic setting with the election to "Lock executable file associations"
    in Ad-Watch. With that setting, Ad-Watch automatically blocks registry
    changes to the file associations when new software is installed or updated.
    The unfortunate result is the loss of the use of, at minimum, the .lnk and
    ..exe file extensions. (The LNK/.lnk extension is for shortcuts.) This can
    also occur with the "Lock executable file associations" setting and the user
    allows Ad-Watch to block the changes.



    Having provided help with this problem several times recently, I have
    decided to address the problem and solution here. To start, realize that
    Ad-Watch is doing precisely as the user settings are designated. With that
    understanding, comes knowledge of the correct steps in the future.

    From the Ad-Aware SE Help file:

    "You can lock the startup sections of your registry, block possible and
    actual browser hijack attempts, block suspicious processes, lock executable
    file associations, Block malicious cookies, block Pop-ups, and uses the all
    new CSI technology to protect you from unknown variants as well. Even if
    Ad-Watch is turned off and something DOES install onto your system, it will
    recognize it and will kill the process as soon as it has seen it when turned
    back on." {Emphasis added.}

    The above-described automatic action will occur only if you have Ad-Watch
    set to Automatic. When the Automatic setting is turned off, Ad-Watch will
    prompt you to accept or block the change. Although it may seem "painful"
    responding to numerous prompts when you are installing or updating software,
    it is important to realize that we are each ultimately responsible for our
    computer, not Lavasoft, Microsoft, Zone Alarm, McAfee, Norton, or any other
    software program, whether it be licensed or freeware. As a result, turning
    off "Automatic" will not only keep this from happening again, it will also
    make you aware of changes being made to your computer's registry while you
    are installing software.

    Note: If you are NOT installing software and Ad-Watch pops up with a
    warning, check it out carefully because in that situation you may not want
    to allow the change!

    In the event you have lost use of the .exe, .lnk and other file
    associations, there is a solution that combines the Windows XP File
    Associations created by Doug Knox with a script created by "Appetiser", a
    co-member of the former Team Lavasoft at the original Lavasoft Support
    Forums. This script has been used countless times with complete success.



    IMPORTANT NOTE
    The following instructions are provided "AS IS"
    with no warranties and confer no rights.


    To make things easy to navigate I would suggest creating a new folder called
    C:/regfixes. Then browse to Doug Knox web site and download all the file
    association fixes from for file types you are having problems with to the
    C:/regfixes folder. The following are the most common files needed. Select
    any others from the website that you need.

    COM File Association Fix
    EXE File Association Fix
    LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix
    REG File Association Fix


    You may also want to review the following additional references:

    a.. Kelly's Korner, HOW TO: Specify the Program Used to Open Certain File
    Types
    b.. Kelly's Korner, Line 146, Retrieve the Class Name for a File Extension
    c.. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, HOW TO: Specify the Program Used to
    Open Certain Types of Files in Windows XP
    Instructions:

    First, make sure "Automatic" is turned off. Right mouse click the Ad-Watch
    icon in the system tray and select "Restore Ad-Watch". At the bottom of the
    Ad-Watch window make sure automatic is not checked; i.e., it is a red X.





    Next, you will need to restore the .exe file association.

    a.. In Notepad create a new file and copy/paste all the text below:
    ' VBScript to restore .exe file association with Windows XP
    Option Explicit

    Dim strComputer
    Dim objRegistry,objDictionary

    strComputer = "."
    Set objRegistry=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_
    strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

    Set objDictionary = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
    objDictionary.Add "HKCR",&h80000000

    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", ".exe", "", "exefile")
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", ".exe", "Content Type",_
    "application/x-msdownload" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", ".exe\PersistentHandler", "",_
    "{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile", "", "Application" )
    Call RegAddBinary( "HKCR", "exefile", "EditFlags", "38,07,00,00" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile", "TileInfo",_
    "prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile", "InfoTip",_
    "prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\DefaultIcon", "", "%1" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell", "", "" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\open", "", "" )
    Call RegAddBinary( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\open",_
    "EditFlags", "00,00,00,00" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\open\command", "",_
    Chr(34) & "%1" & Chr(34) & Space(1) & "%*" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\runas", "", "" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\runas\command", "",_
    Chr(34) & "%1" & Chr(34) & Space(1) & "%*" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex", "", "" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\DropHandler",_
    "", "{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers", "", "" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR",
    "exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps",_
    "", "{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}" )
    Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer
    Property Page",_
    "", "{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}" )

    Function RegKeyExists(rootkey, keypath)
    Dim arrValueNames, arrValueTypes
    If objRegistry.EnumValues(objDictionary(rootkey), keypath, arrValueNames,
    arrValueTypes) = 0 Then
    RegKeyExists = True
    Else
    RegKeyExists = False
    End If
    End Function

    Sub RegAddKey(rootkey, keypath)
    objRegistry.CreateKey objDictionary(rootkey),keypath
    End Sub

    Sub RegAddString(rootkey, keypath, valuename, valuedata)
    If Not RegKeyExists(rootkey, keypath) Then
    Call RegAddKey( rootkey, keypath )
    End If
    objRegistry.SetStringValue
    objDictionary(rootkey),keypath,valuename,valuedata
    End Sub

    Sub RegAddBinary(rootkey, keypath, valuename, valuearray)
    Dim arrValue(),arrHexValue,i,HexVal

    arrHexValue = Split(Trim(valuearray),",")
    i=0
    For Each HexVal in arrHexValue
    Redim Preserve arrValue(i)
    arrValue(i) = "&h" & HexVal
    i=i + 1
    Next
    objRegistry.SetBinaryValue objDictionary(rootKey),keypath,valuename,arrValue
    Redim arrValue(0)
    End Sub

    a.. In Notepad, select file, select save.
    b.. Under "Save In" use the pull-down menu and select C:/regfixes
    c.. Name the file xp_exe_fix.vbs
    d.. Under "Save as type" use the pull-down menu and select "All files"
    Run the script and restore the registry keys associated with the exe file
    type.

    a.. Navigate to c:/regfixes and right mouse click on xp_exe_fix.vbs and
    select Open.

    Note: If you are running Ad-Watch, you must accept changes while this
    script is running in order to update to the registry.
    Now the .exe file association is restored you will be able to run
    regedit.exe. Work through the file association fixes that you downloaded
    above from Doug Knox's site.

    a.. Press start, select run and enter the text: cmd
    b.. Click OK, this will open a command window
    c.. At the prompt in the command window enter the text in bold (please
    note the spaces in the command text)

    regedit /s c:/regfixes\xp_com_fix.reg

    Note: adjust the path as appropriate to where you unzipped the reg files
    a.. repeat the regedit command for the other reg files you may have:

    xp_regfile.reg
    linkfile_fix.reg
    etc.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



    Reminder:

    With Ad-Watch it is vital you accept any changes that may be alerted by
    Ad-Watch when merging these files.



    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



    Note:

    If your EXE file associations are corrupted, it can be difficult to open
    REGEDIT, or to even import REG files. To work around this, do the following:

    · Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to open Task Manager

    · Click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run).

    This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter.
    (Thanks to Nigel Andrews for this tip.)





    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     
  4. John Wunderlich

    John Wunderlich Flightless Bird

    Re: Fix for .exe & .lnk failure

    "Cymbal Man Freq." <disasterpastor45@gmail.com> wrote in
    news:#JfE28r4KHA.4888@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl:

    > I tried this fix and it fixed my .exe dislocation but my icons are
    > not yet fixed with their original designs. Maybe a reboot will fix
    > that? ********************************************************
    >


    Your best bet to restore things back to normal is to do a System
    Restore to a time before your problem occurred.
    Start->Programs->Accessories->Systems Tools->System Restore

    HTH,
    John
     
  5. Cymbal Man Freq.

    Cymbal Man Freq. Flightless Bird

    Re: Fix for .exe & .lnk failure

    "John Wunderlich" <jwunderlich@lycos.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D638449F9153wunderpsdrscray@138.125.254.103...
    > "Cymbal Man Freq." <disasterpastor45@gmail.com> wrote in
    > news:#JfE28r4KHA.4888@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl:
    >
    >> I tried this fix and it fixed my .exe dislocation but my icons are
    >> not yet fixed with their original designs. Maybe a reboot will fix
    >> that? ********************************************************
    >>

    >
    > Your best bet to restore things back to normal is to do a System
    > Restore to a time before your problem occurred.
    > Start->Programs->Accessories->Systems Tools->System Restore
    >
    > HTH,
    > John


    A reboot fixed my icons. Restore wouldn't fix this problem IMHO.
     

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