File Extension LNK

.LNK File

File extension: LNK
File type: Shortcut File

Notes about the LNK file extension:

Incorrect file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your PC system. As such it is highly recommended to scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other unfavourable system settings to identify slowdown issues.

The LNK file type is primarily associated with 'Windows' by Microsoft Corporation. A shortcut file is a pointer to an .EXE file somewhere on your system. When you click on the shortcut it's like clicking on the .EXE file and the associated program should start and run. Sometimes .LNK files will stop working. This can be because the underlying .EXE association has been broken by something (often by some form of anti-malware program improperly changing the registry) or the association in the registry can be come corrupted. See the FAQs for the .EXE problem. The other problem generally asserts itself when all shortcuts seem to open the same program. You may be able to fix this by opening the registry editor and looking in the key entry [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk] where you might see @="lnk_auto_file". If you see that, change the value to @="lnkfile" and all should work again after a system restart. Note: This file type can become infected and should be carefully scanned if someone sends you a file with this extension.

Detailed information for file extension LNK:

Primary association: Windows
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Mime type: application/x-ms-shortcut
Identifying characters Hex: 4C 00 00 00 01 14 02 00 00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 46
Program ID: lnkfile
Related links: Broken .EXE Association FAQ

Other applications associated with file type LNK:

  • Advanced Revelation (Database File) by Revelation SoftwareLNK files are the network compatible database files for Revelation E through Rev G2.B. Related links: Sprezzatura Group Technical Support
  • Linker File
  • Unknown Apple II File ((found on Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom))
  • XNBC V8 Biological Neural Network Simulation Workstation (Link Configuration File)A .LNK file is the link configuration file that contains all the parameters of the network architecture: number of nuclei (or clusters), link between them and inside them, etc. It is used by the simulator and the visualization tool. Related links: XNBC V8 User Manual
File Identifier - TrID
'Identifying characters' used on are
provided by Marco Pontello from his TrID database

Important: Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC. It is highly recommended that you scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other slowdown issues.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .LNK

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: lnkfile, FileType: Shortcut

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