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Thread: Windows 7 desktop shortcut icons stopped working

  1. #1
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    May 2012

    Windows 7 desktop shortcut icons stopped working

    Hi, I am using windows 7 since a long time. It created few problems in the past but I got it resolved any ways. But since yesterday, don’t know what went wrong, suddenly my all desktop shortcut icons stopped working. There is not response on double clicking the same. I checked my mouse, its working properly. I have to reboot my pc again and again, it works for few minute after rebooting system ,but again after some time, it fails. I also cannot double click on file folder or desktop.

    I tried everything I can do but still the same problem. Can anyone of you solve it ?

  2. #2

    Re: Windows 7 desktop shortcut icons stopped working

    Most probably it may be the cause of some malware or Trojan. I will recommend you to scan your complete system with some good and updated antivirus. Once done reboot your PC and restore the system to the last restore point. It will work.

  3. #3

    Re: Windows 7 desktop shortcut icons stopped working

    I think file association of your system has been corrupt due to some virus. Scan your system first and than follow the below steps:

    • Open start menu and type ‘Default programs’ in the search field.
    • Now click on Click "Associate a file type or protocol with program." As shown in the image:

    • Now check if any particular program is set correctly to open with the program available for the same. If not Highlight any program that is not working and click on the ‘Change Program’ button on the top right, see the image below:

    • Now select the proper program to open that file and click ok.
    • Reboot your system and done.

  4. #4
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    Re: Windows 7 desktop shortcut icons stopped working

    Even I was facing the same problem couple of months ago on my windows 7 64bit system. Its true that my system was infected by virus but just scanning my system dint helped. Fortunately I got Microsoft Fix it for broken desktop shortcuts that helped me to fix the same. Just try it out and reply here if still you facing the same problem.

    What it fixes...

    Problems with desktop shortcuts and icons

    • Shortcuts on the desktop don't work or are broken
    • Desktop icons are broken or have not been used in 3 months
    • Startup items don't work or are broken

    System maintenance tasks

    • Free up disk space by repairing disk volume errors such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors
    • Free up disk space by removing error reports and troubleshooting history older than 1 month
    • Set the correct system time and synchronize system clock with the time server

    You receive the following errors:

    • Windows update error 0x80072F8F
    • The item that this shortcut refers to has been deleted

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