How to FIX Windows Shortcuts are NOT working Issue

How to FIX Windows Shortcuts is NOT working issue. Windows 10 – “.lnk” file association issue. My first post on Windows Operating System Issue (Just for a change).

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How to FIX Windows Shortcuts are NOT working Issue

A few days back, my “.lnk” file association on Windows 7 system accidentally got changed to NOTEPAD.

The entire shortcuts are appearing with the NOTEPAD icon 🙂

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The issue was frustrating. I was not able to do any of the shortcuts. If you click on any of the shortcuts, the NOTEPAD was getting opened with some ASCII characters in it 😀

I used to open the EXE files directly from the %Program Files% folder.

At last, I found the solution on Windows 7 TechNet Forum.

Just download the Registry Fix (here) and merge the .reg file with my registry.


Restarted the system. That is it, the issue is resolved, and ICONS are back to normal !!!


Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

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