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Adobe is doing something odd! .ink file extensions?


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Hi again guys, something simple i expect here, not for me though as i don't know the answer.

It took about 5 seconds for me to do this but i don't know what i clicked on to do it, all my desktop icons have changed to adobe reader pictures & the file extension .ink is at the end of them all, when i try to open them they are attempted to be opened with Adobe Reader. I have uninstalled Adobe Reader & it has fixed the problem, when i reinstall it the problem reappears.

I have attached a screenshot so you can see what i mean.

Sorry guys, this is prob so so simple!!

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And this is how it should look (Adobe Reader uninstalled)

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Try this:

  • Using your mouse, highlight everything in the following Code box and then press [Ctrl-C] to copy what's highlighted into the memory of your computer:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk]
    @="lnkfile"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{000214EE-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
    @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{000214F9-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
    @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{00021500-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
    @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]
    @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew]
    "Handler"="{ceefea1b-3e29-4ef1-b34c-fec79c4f70af}"
    "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
      74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\
      00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,\
      31,00,36,00,37,00,36,00,39,00,00,00
    "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30397"
    "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30318"
    "NullFile"=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew\Config]
    "DontRename"=""
    
    
  • Open Notepad on your computer, press [Ctrl-V] to paste what you copied above into the Notepad window, then click File > Save and save it on your Desktop as "w7_lnk.reg" (without the quotes).

    (By the way, that is a lowercase "L" after the underscore, not an uppercase "I" [eye]).
  • Right-click the "w7_lnk.reg" on your Desktop, select Merge, click Yes, Yes again, then OK.
  • Reboot.

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Ok, instruction followed but it's just the same when i reinstall Adobe Reader, icons change to the same as it & .lnk extension
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Hmmm...

Have you tried a System Restore?
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No, I'm not too good with PC's & i don't know what that'll do TBH!!
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What is System Restore?
http://windows.micro...-System-Restore

System Restore helps you restore your computer's system files to an earlier point in time. It's a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos.

Sometimes, the installation of a program or a driver can cause an unexpected change to your computer or cause Windows to behave unpredictably. Usually, uninstalling the program or driver corrects the problem. If uninstalling doesn't fix the problem, you can try restoring your computer's system to an earlier date when everything worked correctly.

System Restore uses a feature called system protection to regularly create and save restore points on your computer. These restore points contain information about registry settings and other system information that Windows uses. You can also create restore points manually. For information about creating restore points, see Create a restore point.

System image backups stored on hard disks can also be used for System Restore, just like the restore points created by system protection. Even though system image backups contain both your system files and personal data, your data files will not be affected by System Restore. For more information about system images, see What is a system image?

System Restore isn't intended for backing up personal files, so it cannot help you recover a personal file that has been deleted or damaged. You should regularly back up your personal files and important data using a backup program. For more information about backing up personal files, see Back up your files.

  • Open System Restore by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

For more information about system protection, see What is system protection?


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Ok, the only system restore point i see is today @ 16.11. Thats about the time i followed your steps in post #3. Would that have anything to do with it?
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Nope, not back far enough.

Other than a repair install of Windows 7, I'm fresh out of ideas. Hopefully someone else will drop in here soon with something new.
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Flammin eck.......is it that serious???

Tell me, if i install W7 ultimate will my programme's, desktop etc be erased?

I'm currently running a 'different' version of W7 that a mate recomended & TBH i wish i'd have never listened!!

I have a Dell Laptop with a genuine copy of W7 Pro, can i use that on my Dell desktop?
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Flammin eck.......is it that serious???

Probably not, but, I'm not in front of your computer. (And do NOT want to brick it remotely).


Tell me, if i install W7 ultimate will my programme's, desktop etc be erased?

Depends on how you install it. I just did the Anytime Upgrade from Windows 7 Home to Ultimate (via Microsoft) the other day and none of 'my stuff' was touched.

If you attempt it with a CD/DVD, look for an "upgrade" option.


I have a Dell Laptop with a genuine copy of W7 Pro, can i use that on my Dell desktop?

If it's a Retail copy -and- you uninstall it from the Laptop, then yes.

If it's the OEM version that came installed on the laptop, no, it lives and dies with the laptop.
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Ok, no probs. I'll have to just get it looked at, not being able to use adobe reader aint funny!! lol
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Foxit works well.
http://www.foxitsoft...der/reader4.php
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