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all my icons turned into vlc and that is what comes up on all

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all my icons turned into vlc and that is what comes up on all my programs when clicked. how can i get my icons and programs back? have a Dell runs vista home, intel core 2
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Santonu replied 4 years ago.
Hello,


I think the program association is somehow changed for all exe files.

Try the following steps, test the issue after each and let me know the results:


1 Use the following link to download a file named exefix_vista.zip

http://tinyurl.com/2vvtby

If you get any option to Save or Run, select Save

Once downloaded, right click on the file and select Extract All to extract the contents

Open the folder where it is extracted.

Right click on the file named exefix_vista and select Merge

Restart computer once


2 If the problem remains, use the following link

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/165/1/Restore-the-exe-file-association-in-Windows-Vista-after-incorrectly-associating-it-with-another-application.html


Scroll a little and download the exefix_cu.reg file present under Attachments

Once downloaded, right click on the file and select Merge.



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Let me know results so that I can follow up further




Thanks
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
hi, i tried both ways and could not right click on merge because the files were sent directly to the registry.
Expert:  Santonu replied 4 years ago.
Can you tell me from when this problem started ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
a week ago
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
i tried reloading the o/s because this happened, with another icon than vlc, it worked a few hours and then everything went to vlc.
Expert:  Santonu replied 4 years ago.
Okay, lets try the following next:

Click Windows icon (Start)

Type appwiz.cpl in the Search bar and press Enter

If it opens the list of installed programs then try to uninstall VLC Player from the list

Then use the registry file again (either double click or right click and select Merge)

Done that restart computer



If it does not work, restart the computer and repeatedly tap the F8 key (you need to press F8 before windows starts to load)

A menu should appear.

Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter

If you get a command window, type rstrui and press Enter

It will starts System Restore utility.

Try to restore the computer to a previous date (before the problem started)



Let me know the results

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
just got back on line and lost answer window
Expert:  Santonu replied 4 years ago.
Did you tried the above steps ?



Customer: replied 4 years ago.
yes i did. could not get on line in safe mode. went back to regular mode and all the icons are up and bring up what they are supposed to. i guess it is fixed. thanks
Expert:  Santonu replied 4 years ago.
Glad to hear that.


Let me know if you need further assistance with this issue.



Thanks
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
thank you for all the help.
Expert:  Santonu replied 4 years ago.
If you find the answer helpfull you can click Accept.


Thanks

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
i need no more help, thank you

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