Windows 10: Links/associations not working Solved

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  1.    20 Jun 2016 #1

    Links/associations not working


    Today on Windows 10 I find that links (*.lnk) will not open. I get the message:
    'This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel'.
    If I right-click on the link, on the top of the list where it normally has 'Open' I see 'cmd' instead.
    I have attempted to cure this problem in Default Programs/Set associations. The current default for .lnk is 'Unknown Application' but if I select 'Change Program' the only option available is 'Look for an App in the App Store' however, if I locate and select 'explorer.exe' in the Windows folder it freezes the 'set associations' window.
    Trying that several times I eventually get the message: 'The program you have selected cannot be associated with this file type...'
    The same occurs when trying to open folders in 'File Explorer'
    I have run Malwarebytes, MS Safety Scanner, SFC etc and they all state that there's no malware or problem.

    Any assistance or advice would be welcome.
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  2. Posts : 2,335
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1703 Build 15063.296
       20 Jun 2016 #2

    There is a nice tutorial that helps you fix these associations. Use option 2 and download and merge the reg file for the .lnk files

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...a.html#option2
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  3.    20 Jun 2016 #3

    Thanks. Unfortunately that didn't cure the problem.
    I also attempted to restore from before the last windows update. It took over an hour and that failed as well.
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  4.    22 Jun 2016 #4

    So, does no-one have suggestions or a solution to my problem?
    The problem occurs when I double-click on a folder or link: 'This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel'.
    I can only open them by right-clicking on the item and select 'Open' which is third in the list. Above that is 'Search' and on the top is 'cmd' (where 'Open would normally appear).
    I've scoured the Net and tried several ways to cure this (including '
    Default File Type Associations - Restore in Windows 10') but to no avail.
    Any suggestions most welcome.
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  5. Posts : 2,335
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1703 Build 15063.296
       22 Jun 2016 #5

    DavidA23 said: View Post
    I've scoured the Net and tried several ways to cure this (including Default File Type Associations - Restore in Windows 10') but to no avail.
    If you have tried all the .reg file fixes for Folders and links then you are probably left with doing an In-place repair installation:

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  6.    22 Jun 2016 #6

    Phew! Thanks.! I shall have to create a ISO file first. I'll update you on the results.
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  7.    22 Jun 2016 #7

    OK, I'm a little unsure on what route to take here.
    Ideally I'd like to repair the problem without having to end up re-installing all my software. Data is OK as I back up regularly.
    So, which option is best for me?
    Creating and using a recovery Drive appears to remove all my software, keep my data & re-install Win10. Not what I want.
    Using a Media Creation Tool gives me the option to either 'Upgrade this PC now' or 'Create installation media for another PC' - none of which applies to me.
    There seems to be quite a few of options but I can't find one that suits my puposes.
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  8. Posts : 2,335
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1703 Build 15063.296
       22 Jun 2016 #8

    You do want the "Upgrade this PC now" option because you are doing an in place upgrade. You also need to make sure that you select "Keep personal files and Apps" later in the process. This is the key step which ensures that you do not lose anything.

    Make sure you follow the tutorial exactly and you will be fine.
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  9.    23 Jun 2016 #9

    OK. Later today.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    24 Jun 2016 #10

    OK. That worked fine - problems resolved.
    Thanks for your advice.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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