How to fix desktop shortcuts after uninstalling Google Chrome

If you have used Google’s new web browser, Chrome, and decided you dont like it enough to want to uninstall it, you will an unexpected consequence:
None of your desktop shortcuts will work. Windows will give you a polite error message about not finding the program you had clicked the shortcut for.

A little bit of clicking around and you will find that nothing is missing, the programs, web pages and all of your data are still there, it’s just that the shortcuts dont work.
What’s more, you will find that even if you create new shortcuts, they dont work either.

So, what to do? Turn on Internet Explorer, go to Tools, then Internet options and click on “Make Internet Explorer the default browser”, click Apply then OK and close Explorer.

Your shortcuts will now work.