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Windows 8.1 Desktop Shortcut Icons Don't Work

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    Windows 8.1 Desktop Shortcut Icons Don't Work


    Hey so I'm installing all my programs on Windows 8.1 and I'm finding that most of my desktop shortcuts will give me an error whenever I try to run them. Every time a program creates a desktop shortcut the icon changes to this default icon. One thing to note is I have changed the default program files destination folder to my HDD D drive and also kept a SSD C drive program files folder. However no matter what drive I select to install it gives me an error "path is not specified". Any help is appreciated.

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    Hello Erayes,

    As a test, download and merge the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to restore it's default associations, and see if that may help if this is the issue.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Erayes,

    As a test, download and merge the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to restore it's default associations, and see if that may help if this is the issue.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    I think I found the problem... The start in folder was wrong. Is there an easier way instead manually changing the start in folder every time?

    Thanks for your help Brink
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    Is it the drive letter that's wrong in it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Is it the drive letter that's wrong in it?
    Yes, I got everything sorted out except steam and malwarebytes. Every time I try to change the drive from D to C it reverts back to D and wont start the program.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling those two to the D drive may sort it.
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