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Broken shortcuts, cannot create new ones

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Broken shortcuts, cannot create new ones


    Hi there,
    Few days ago I started my PC as always, but this time all my shortcuts got broken. It shows up as a file with no icon (a blank sheet) and a name of the app it should be launching ending with .ink. When double-clicked, it asks which app I want to use to open the .ink file (same happens when trying to launch desktop apps using Start tiles). Properties of the .ink files still show the proper path to the .exe it should be launching. Every single one shortcut is corrupted, including even Computer or User. And the worst thing is that when I create a new shortcut, it's automatically corrupted. I wasn't able to find a single mention of my problem on the web. I have no idea what to do now. Every help is endlessly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Michal

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Michal, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed .lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below may be able to fix this for you. It will restore the default associations and registry entries for shortcuts (.lnk) files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Hi Brink,
    That really solved the issue. You have my everlasting gratitude.
    Thanks a lot,
    Michal
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Michal. Glad to hear that got it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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