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This is what solved it for me. The complete solution is available at support.microsoft.com which probably makes the link unlikely to go dead anytime soon. The primary objective is to get to the cmd prompt. Start task manager with Ctrl+ Shift+ Esc. From File select New Task (Run…) while holding down the Ctrl button. Start command prompt by entering cmd ...


You are not alone in having that issue. There is a site, Default File Associations - Restore that can generate a .REG file to resolve the issue. This has not been tested by me, so use caution, examine the .REG file and back up the Registry before applying it. Please let me know if that solves your problem.

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