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Girlfriends dad called me with not being able to open Internet Explorer so I did the following debugging via Remote Desktop.

Clicking on the tile sends to desktop and Internet Explorer is not opened (not even in Task Manager).

Upon searching for "Internet Explorer" a single application tile is shown with the IE logo and the text "ms-resource:TileDisplayName".

I got round this by pinning C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe to Start and Desktop which is a good enough work-round but I am interested as to why this would have occurred and how one would go about repairing this...

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I would just use the system reset feature to correct this problem. – Ramhound Feb 19 '13 at 20:59

The shortcut must have been corrupted somehow. Making a new shortcut as you did is a perfectly good solution.

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