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\}"