How to Fix Game Shortcut Links in Vista Games Explorer
If you click on any game shortcut link in the Games Explorer window and it does not work or you get the error: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel. , then this will show you how to fix this. For missing game shortcuts, you will just need to create and copy a new shortcut into the Games Explorer window.
EXAMPLE: Games Explorer Window
Even though the game shortcuts will not work in Games Explorer, you usually can still open the game from a shortcut of it from another location.
NOTE: Other than the links below, you can type Shell:Games in the white line (Start Search) area of the Start menu, or in the Run window, and press Enter.
Using a REG File Download
NOTE: This restores all of the .lnk (shortcuts) default associations in Vista.
Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Click on Save
, and save the .reg
file to the Desktop
Right click on the downloaded .reg
file and click on Merge
Click on Run
, and then OK
when prompted. 5.
Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes. 6.
When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg
file if you like.
Manually in Registry Editor
NOTE: This only restores the missing default IsShortcut registry value for .lnk (LNK) files (Shortcuts).
Open the Start Menu. 2.
In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit
and press Enter
Click on Continue
in the UAC prompt. 4.
In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) NOTE: The first letter of lnkfile is a L
In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New
and String Value
. (See screenshot above) 6.
and press Enter
. (See screenshot below) 7.
Close regedit. 8.
Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.