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My partner was doing something on our laptop, and now all our icons look the same (the Internet Explorer icon). When you open something up (eg Windows Media Player), it goes straight to Internet Explorer, everything I open is Windows Explorer.

How do I get them back to their original icons?

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Sounds like you may have been the victim of a virus attack. Check the system for viruses. – Majenko Mar 16 '11 at 11:29
Get a new partner. – Mar 16 '11 at 11:29
As Matt says, this sounds like it's probably a virus attack - have a look at the question What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? – DMA57361 Mar 16 '11 at 11:32
Sounds like a practical joke to me :) – Jeff F. Mar 16 '11 at 13:32

Perhaps try Windows 7's built in System Restore to go back to a point before this happened?

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I think that a system restore would be worth a try, as well. Also, you might want to consider running Microsoft Security Essentials just to make sure that there isn't anything harming your computer:

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Working from the command line might bypass this. Press Win+R, then type cmd, then click OK. Obviously, you'll need to know how to do this. Also:

it goes straight to Internet Explorer, everything I open is Windows Explorer.

Contradicting statements: Internet Explorer browses the web, and Windows Explorer browses files on your computer.

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