Windows 10: Cannot open desktop icons or create valid shortcuts Solved

  1.    14 Feb 2016 #1

    Cannot open desktop icons or create valid shortcuts


    Since the last win 10 update, my desktop Folder icons do not work right. When I left click I get this
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Name:	2clkicon.JPG 
Views:	1 
Size:	26.1 KB 
ID:	64244

    when I right click I get this
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Name:	cmdrightclk.jpg 
Views:	23 
Size:	10.5 KB 
ID:	64245
    The only way I can open a folder (such as Downloads) is to right click, then select open.

    I have tried creating new shortcuts and they do not work. Regular program shortcuts work fine.
    If I create a new short cut to a file, (ie a photo), I have to right click and select OPEN to view the file, then when I create a shortcut, it does not work unless I right click and select open.

    I restored system to earlier date and all is well. When restarting computer I get force fed update.
    Selecting NEW from context menu was not there. I fixed that. Why come I get cmd when I try to open a folder??

    All assistance will be gratefully appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 19,994
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16184
       14 Feb 2016 #2

    Hello Chuck, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, download and merge the .reg file for the listed lnk item in OPTION TWO of the tutorial. It will restore the default associations and registry entries for shortcuts (LNK files) that hopefully fix this for you.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    14 Feb 2016 #3

    I followed the instructions and all to no avail. I did find I could not open any folder anywhere on the computer with the usual left double click. I keep getting
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Name:	2clkicon.JPG 
Views:	1 
Size:	26.1 KB 
ID:	64272.

    and the "cmd" is still the top word if I right click.

    any thoughts on what can cause this?

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 19,994
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16184
       14 Feb 2016 #4

    Since this is happening with folders and not with shortcuts, download and merge the .reg files for the listed folder and directory items in the same tutorial instead.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    14 Feb 2016 #5

    Problems solved


    Something messed up my registry really bad, at any rate, thanks to your assistance, my system is now in working order. I did save almost all your .reg files in my utilities folder. The problem affected the desktop icons, no matter what they were. Even the shortcuts to the drives did not function.
    You should be elevated to Windows Saint Brink
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 19,994
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16184
       14 Feb 2016 #6

    Great news.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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