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Old 04-29-2005, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My sister's boyfriend seems to have accidentally deleted a registry setting using SpySubstract from Hewlett-Packard. but ever since he did that I haven't been able to open any shortcuts to anything at all (there are alot of them). I had to open Internet Explorer through a whole different program. When I try to open one it comes up saying "Windows cannot open this file: AOL Instant Messenger.lnk" "To open this file, Windows needs to know what program created it." . Now it used to just automatically open up. Does anyone know of a fix or do I need to reformat? Thank you.
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Old 04-29-2005, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone have any clue at all? Sorry to seem impatient .
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Waht Windows ver are you running?
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Try Registry Mechanic.

http://www.download.com/1200-2018-5141163.html
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I'm on Windows XP
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It won't let me open any .exe files now I guess. So, the rminstall.exe for the Registry Editor is no good
Looks like him deleting that did alot of damage. I can't open System Restore either for the same reason.
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Ouch. Man, something be messed. Try to run a system repair. Boot of the Windows disc, repair. If that dosent work, I'm afraid you may have to reformat. Sorry, I know that is the last thing you wanted to hear. Look at it this way, it is the last thing I said. So, as of right now, it is the last thing you heard. Sorry man, thats all the advice I can offer you.

You could actually try to pay some 1337 to take a look at it and try to fix it.
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