Unable to open programs from Desktop

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Hi,

After trying to download and save photo's from my email something has happened to all the programs on my desktop.

They now all display as a small white box with an "e" inside them and the program name underneath.

If I try to open them it comes up with a security warning and an option to save.

Any idea how to fix this? Will any of the solutions already posed fix my problem?

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A system restore is your best bet.

Next time please give us more information. Like What OS you are using. I assume it's Windows of some type (XP, Vista or Win 7).
Thanks - running Windows XP.

Will a system restore result in loss of data and how do I do this?
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This is a link to the "restore" instructions from Microsoft. A simple restore will not result in any loss of data.

https://support.microsoft.com/instantanswers/62ed802d-7c8d-35d9-9b82-6cace4b08185

If a system restore doesn't work the a "repair install" probably will. This is a link to instructions. You must follow instructions exactly or you WILL have data loss.

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm