NOTE: For a Windows NT 4.0 version of this tip, see Desktop and Start Menu shortcuts don't run.  

If your Desktop and Start menu shortcuts don't run:

1. Copy / Paste the appropriate data to a Exe.reg file.

2. Merge the Exe.reg file with your registry, or run regedit.exe /s Exe.reg.

3. Restart your computer.

NOTE: If REGEDIT.EXE won't run, copy it to REGEDIT.COM and run REGEDIT.COM instead of REGEDIT.EXE.

Windows 2000

REGEDIT4

\[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\]
@="exefile"
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler\]
@="\{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb\}"

\[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\]
@="Application"
"EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon\]
@="%1"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command\]
@="\"%1\" %*"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\]
"Extended"=""

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command\]
@="\"%1\" %*"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler\]
@="\{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D\}"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps\]
@="\{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D\}"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\\{B41DB860-8EE4-11D2-9906-E49FADC173CA\}\]
@=""

Windows XP

REGEDIT4

\[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\]
@="exefile"
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler\]
@="\{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb\}"

\[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\]
@="Application"
"EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
"TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
"InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon\]
@="%1"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command\]
@="\"%1\" %*"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command\]
@="\"%1\" %*"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler\]
@="\{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D\}"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\]

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps\]
@="\{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D\}"

\[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page\]
@="\{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8\}"