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Solved All icons turned to Word Documents

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#1
This morning, I notice all my icons on my desktop have turned to WordPad documents.
Not only my desktop icons, but everything in my Start Bar except the Internet.
I assume this happened after I was trying to open a document in wordpad.
Now everything I click opens up as a word document with words and symbols.

I've restarted several times, and I've also tried two times to restore but was told that the restore failed both times.

I have no idea what to do.

Can someone help, please?
 

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richc46

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#2
Welcome
Start by refreshing the icon cache.
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/117229-icon-cache-rebuild.html?ltr=I
If that does not work, try a system restore
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html
If that does not work, go to seach by the start button.
Type the name of the software
Then right click and send to desktop. It will create a new icon, alias one by one.

Also make a full antivirus scan
Download and make a full scan with the free malwarebytes.
You may need a new user profile, yours may have become corrupt.
 

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Brink

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#4
Sorry, in my distress I really didn't give much nor proper information.
My computer knowladge is rather limited.

Thank you both for your help! It is greatly appreatied!
I did what Brink suggested and restored my default file type associations and was very happy to find that it worked.

Again, thank you both! I honestly thought I was going to have to resort to a reformat, and am very happy I do not have to.
 

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richc46

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Brink and his tutorials have helped many. Use them often. We are both glad that the problem has been resolved.
Better than anything you can buy
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

Brink

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That's great news. I'm happy that we were able to help. :)
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

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