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Can't Open Shortucts?


Having trouble opening shortcuts?

Did some of your desktop icons suddenly change their image -- or behavior?

Note: Unless you are absolutely certain in the diagnosis and root cause of the problem in your computer, we highly recommend that you opt for our newer Fix File Association .EXELNK which fixes multiple problems in one fell swoop. This will save you a lot of time on the way to fixing your computer.

Our Fix File Association .LNK can help you fix this problem in a jiffy -- and Yes, it works in Windows 7 and Vista, too!

Find out why a large percentage of our customers are Tech Pro Shops, saving time in serving their customers. Download and install Fix File Association .LNK, follow the instructions below, and you will once again be able to open your programs and applications.

The time and annoyance you'll save by using this easy to use and well tested product is well worth the small price!

Why does this happen and what does Fix File Association .LNK do?

There are a variety of reasons why you may have lost the ability to open shortcuts (having a .LNK file type). Sometimes a virus or malware may have infected your computer and damaged your .LNK file association. Even a legitimate but badly written program can cause this problem.

Once the .LNK file association has been corrupted, you may notice that all shortcut icons (either on the desktop or in a folder) have changed either their appearance:

Shortcuts no longer have their icons: Double-clicking any of these shortcuts yields the infamous broken links message box:

Broken shorctuts of .LNK file type

Broken links message box

Or, you may notice that while they did not change their appearance, when you open them, they simply open a totally unrelated program (e.g. Notepad):

Opening a shortcut invokes incorrect program

It can be extremely difficult to tweak the registry settings to fix this problem on your own, even for an advanced PC user.

Software Candy’s Fix File Association .LNK makes it simple to repair your broken .LNK file association. Just install this safe and secure download and you will again be able to quickly open the files you need with a double click -- and enjoy their icons:

Repaired .LNK file association

As with all Software Candy products, Fix File Association .LNK is completely free of any viruses or spyware (digitally signed for authenticity and integrity) and is well tested for its advertised features. If ever needed, you can also uninstall it completely with a single click, performing a total cleanup after itself.

The beauty of this wizard is that you don't have to follow any complex instructions. Once you download this app (keep it on your desktop or in an easy-to-find folder), you double-click it, click the Next button on the installation wizard and Voila! You can now double-click and open any shortuct on your desktop or in your computer, just like you used to. :)

Note: no desktop icons will be installed for this software, as to avoid cluttering your desktop. Instead, you will find a Software Candy entry in your Start Menu, which allows you to uninstall it, should you ever want to do this.

Whether you have virus protection in the form of a Windows anti virus or anti malware, it is important to note that no virus scanner can detect all types of PC virus. Even when your computer is updated to the latest antivirus 2010, properly detects the virus that damages your LNK file association, and performs virus removal and virus clean up, it cannot perfectly heal your computer or repair all the problems that the virus may have caused.

This is where we step in and offer a pinpoint solution for the particular symptoms that you observe. After all, you use your computer and you can see better than anyone else what's on your screen. Try this fix, at no risk. If it solves the problem, you just saved hundreds of dollars in technician's service fees, paying less than $10 for this repair! Otherwise, simply contact us and we may be able to help you diagnose the problem and offer a different fix. Remember: all our products are backed by our 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. If our solution doesn't fix your problem, you will receive full refund (see our refund policy for more details).

  • Q1. I saw some references to a "command line". What is it? Do I have to know what a command line is?
  • A1. No, you don't have to know how to type commands or what a command line is. All you do after downloading and saving our Fix File Association .LNKto your desktop (or any folder) is double-click it, click Next, Next, Finish on its wizard and your shortcut file association will be magically restored.
  • Q2. I downloaded and installed this software and it fixed my problem. Thank you! However, I can't find its icon on the desktop. Did I do anything wrong?
  • A2. No, you did everything correctly. By design, we do not clutter your desktop with unnecessary icons. We are happy it did the trick for you. Most of our customers never need to run this wizard again, after following our guidelines for how to protect your windows computer from viruses.

If you need to solve your shortcut file type problem but don’t know where to start, Software Candy’s Fix File Association .LNK is your solution.
  1. Click 'add this to my cart' button below.
  2. Download it (it will become immediately available for download after payment).
  3. Install it.

That's it. :-)

By purchasing this product, you receive 12 downloads for 365 days (whichever expires first). In effect, this gives you up to 12 FREE upgrades for one year. If you purchased this product, remember to periodically check this page for a new version. We strive to polish our products to perfection.

Note: Unless otherwise noted (in the compatibility list below), this software is compatible with the 32-bit version of Windows. Download this FREE tool to check whether your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.

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Windows Vista®, Windows Vista® 64-bit, Windows® 2000, Windows® 7, Windows® 7 64-bit, Windows® XP,

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