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For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(



 
 
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  #1  
Old November 3rd 06, 09:57 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
Paolo
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

Hello everybody,

my dad's PC (WIN98/SE) came up with a problem: the links are no longer
recognized as links. Not Internet links: FILE LINKS!

All the links (except for Explorer, that is not a link) on the desktop
now show the generic Windows icon; the little arrow in the lower corner
(characteristic of the links) has disappeared; and the extension .LNK or
..PIF (for DOS applications), normally hidden, is now visible.

If you click on any link, the window that asks you to choose the
application to be used to open that file pops up: but it does not refer
to the APPLICATION file, it refers to the LINK! This means that what went
lost is not the association between a file and the application used to
open it (as sometimes may happen), but something at a lower level: the
association between .LNK and .PIF files and the system.

If you launch directly the executable file of the application from
START|RUN, it opens regularly like always: another proof that what went
lost is just the capability to execute the LINKS, not the applications.

How to get out of this? We have at our disposal another machine with
WIN98/SE, should any file need to be copied from a working system.

Thank you everybody for your help.
  #2  
Old November 3rd 06, 11:01 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
Ingeborg
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

Paolo wrote:

Hello everybody,

my dad's PC (WIN98/SE) came up with a problem: the links are no longer
recognized as links. Not Internet links: FILE LINKS!

All the links (except for Explorer, that is not a link) on the desktop
now show the generic Windows icon; the little arrow in the lower corner
(characteristic of the links) has disappeared; and the extension .LNK

or
.PIF (for DOS applications), normally hidden, is now visible.

If you click on any link, the window that asks you to choose the
application to be used to open that file pops up: but it does not refer
to the APPLICATION file, it refers to the LINK! This means that what

went
lost is not the association between a file and the application used to
open it (as sometimes may happen), but something at a lower level: the
association between .LNK and .PIF files and the system.

If you launch directly the executable file of the application from
START|RUN, it opens regularly like always: another proof that what went
lost is just the capability to execute the LINKS, not the applications.

How to get out of this? We have at our disposal another machine with
WIN98/SE, should any file need to be copied from a working system.

Thank you everybody for your help.


Is the problem less than 5 days old? In that case try a registry restore.

"How to Manually Restore the Windows 98/Me Registry"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221512

Choose the backup from before the problem arrived.

  #3  
Old November 3rd 06, 11:20 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
mort
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(


"Paolo" wrote in message
...
Hello everybody,
If you click on any link,


If You?
---------


If you launch directly


If You?
----------

How to get out of this?


Tale a deep breath....


  #4  
Old November 3rd 06, 11:29 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
kimbo_
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

Sorry can`t help but they are refered to as short cuts not links.

--
I`m not a complete idiot, there`s still a few bits missing

Tale a deep breath....

LOL



  #5  
Old November 3rd 06, 01:58 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
glee
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

Hi Paolo,

If Ingeborg's suggestion of restoring the previous registry does not work for you,
download this zip file:
http://home.satx.rr.com/badour/assets/images/LnkW98.zip
from MVP Ron Badour's web page:
http://home.satx.rr.com/badour/html/reg_files.html

Unzip the .reg file in the .zip file to your Desktop, then right-click the .reg
file, click "Merge" on the menu that appears, then OK to the confirmation message.

That will repair the .LNK association. If you need to also repair the .PIF
association, let me know and I will upload a .reg file for that to my web space, and
post a link.
--
Glen Ventura, MS MVP Shell/User, A+
http://dts-l.org/
http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


"Paolo" wrote in message
...
Hello everybody,

my dad's PC (WIN98/SE) came up with a problem: the links are no longer
recognized as links. Not Internet links: FILE LINKS!

All the links (except for Explorer, that is not a link) on the desktop
now show the generic Windows icon; the little arrow in the lower corner
(characteristic of the links) has disappeared; and the extension .LNK or
.PIF (for DOS applications), normally hidden, is now visible.

If you click on any link, the window that asks you to choose the
application to be used to open that file pops up: but it does not refer
to the APPLICATION file, it refers to the LINK! This means that what went
lost is not the association between a file and the application used to
open it (as sometimes may happen), but something at a lower level: the
association between .LNK and .PIF files and the system.

If you launch directly the executable file of the application from
START|RUN, it opens regularly like always: another proof that what went
lost is just the capability to execute the LINKS, not the applications.

How to get out of this? We have at our disposal another machine with
WIN98/SE, should any file need to be copied from a working system.

Thank you everybody for your help.


  #6  
Old November 3rd 06, 02:03 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
Paolo
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

On Fri, 3 Nov 2006 11:29:58 -0000, "kimbo_"
wrote:

Sorry can`t help but they are refered to as short cuts not links.


Well, sorry for that, but the Italian name they are referred to is
translated "LINK" in English.

Apart of this, any suggestion?
Thank you Ingeborg, I'll try it ASAP.
  #7  
Old November 3rd 06, 02:41 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup
Don Phillipson
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

"Paolo" wrote in message
...

All the links (except for Explorer, that is not a link) on the desktop
now show the generic Windows icon; the little arrow in the lower corner
(characteristic of the links) has disappeared; and the extension .LNK or
.PIF (for DOS applications), normally hidden, is now visible.


Delete the file c:\windows\shelliconcache
and reboot. The boot process will rebuild
this file, probably with the correct icons for
LNK files and linked correctly to their apps.
Shelliconcache is updated at each reboot
and can malfunction if it grows too large
(over 1.2 or 1.5 Mb.)

The corner arrow overlay (Copy Of) is easiest adjusted
with TweakUI.

[ Multiple crossposting is a bad idea because we
cannot know where the right solution will appear.]

--
Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)


  #8  
Old November 3rd 06, 06:45 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
Gary S. Terhune
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

They may be referred to as Shortcuts in English, but the filetype is
"lnkfile" with the (hidden) extension LNK. LNK is short for LINK.

--

Gary S. Terhune
MS-MVP Shell/User
http://grystmill.com/articles/cleanboot.htm
http://grystmill.com/articles/security.htm

"kimbo_" wrote in message
...
Sorry can`t help but they are refered to as short cuts not links.

--
I`m not a complete idiot, there`s still a few bits missing

Tale a deep breath....

LOL





  #9  
Old November 3rd 06, 07:09 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
Franc Zabkar
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

On Fri, 03 Nov 2006 09:57:38 GMT, Paolo put finger
to keyboard and composed:

the extension .LNK or
.PIF (for DOS applications), normally hidden, is now visible.


FWIW I have intentionally set up my PC to display the extensions of
all my .lnk and .pif files. Maybe I'm paranoid but I suspect malware
could hide inside an innocent looking file such as filename.txt(.pif).

- Franc Zabkar
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Please remove one 'i' from my address when replying by email.
  #10  
Old November 3rd 06, 07:52 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.win98.setup,microsoft.public.win98.shell,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check,alt.windows98
Paolo
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Default For The REAL Expert... Win 98 does not know how to handle LINKS any longer :-(

On Fri, 3 Nov 2006 08:58:28 -0500, "glee"
wrote:

Hi Paolo,

If Ingeborg's suggestion of restoring the previous registry does not work for you,
download this zip file:
http://home.satx.rr.com/badour/assets/images/LnkW98.zip
from MVP Ron Badour's web page:
http://home.satx.rr.com/badour/html/reg_files.html

Unzip the .reg file in the .zip file to your Desktop, then right-click the .reg
file, click "Merge" on the menu that appears, then OK to the confirmation message.

That will repair the .LNK association. If you need to also repair the .PIF
association, let me know and I will upload a .reg file for that to my web space, and
post a link.


Glen, there is a problem: when I right-click on that file, there isn't
any "MERGE" option available. This isn't a mere question of language
(my WIN98 is italian): there isn't any option that would mean "merge" in
Italian. There are the usual options of always: copy-cut-paste etc...
What do I do?
Sorry for crossposting, if it's OK for you to keep this discussion in
microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion or any other, I will quit the
others.

Thank you.
 




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