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Shortcut, Icons, Files, don't work.

By No_Problem ·
I made a change to the permissions in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. I found out I changed the wrong item and when I tried to change it back it didn't work. My system boots and I can view the desktop, however I cannot open programs, files, utilities cannot run, etc. Therefore, I cannot run system restore utility or regedit. I tried a repair install and this didn't work.
Does anybody have any other recommendations?

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by In reply to Shortcut, Icons, Files, d ...


Need more information to work with here. What did you change in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT?

Suggesion: Try booting to SAFE MODE and see if you can run regedit.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Shortcut, Icons, Files, d ...

YOu may be lucky and it is just a problemwith the system files not being installed orregistered.

Try running the System File Checker, sometimes this will extract the file from the disk but also register it again.

Not sure what Os but here's how for most.

Win9X, START>RUN and type SFC.EXEin teh dialogue box, hit enter, it will scan and if you have a disk or partition path it will rextract teh orgininal system files and reinstall them.

If Win2K, Xp, go to the command prompt and type, SFC.EXE /scannow (don't forget a space after the EXE and before the front slash).

Again, it will scanfor missing or damaged system files, reinstall them from the disk or install partition.

Just a shot in the dark but it seems to resolve so many similar explorer errors.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Shortcut, Icons, Files, d ...


This is a shot in the dark...

Have you tried logging on as Administrator and then editing the permissions, so they are set at what they used to be? Or, in with an account that has permission to change the Key's permissions, and then change it back.

Keep us posted

Good luck

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by Sue T In reply to Shortcut, Icons, Files, d ...

Did you back up the registry before making this change? If so, you should be able to boot to a command prompt and restore the backup registry. Or you could try the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe this will start the system restore procedure. Boot into safe mode and choose the command prompt option to do this. I got this info from Microsoft's knowledgebase article number 304449. I hope this helps.

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