HELP, .exe file association is locked to Notepad

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[Solved] HELP, .exe file association is locked to Notepad

Hello everyone, I am a computer fool who has just jumped on the Win7 bandwagon because i was tired of XP clogging my machine up ( not to mention infested with bugs).
I had wanted to run a .exe/.exc file and somehow, windows determined that Notepad was the best program to open it... the problem is that it has locked every other .exe/,exc file to Notepad, leaving my computer vulnerable. I cannot even open regedit. how do I overcome this niggling issue on an otherwise wonderful os... ?

Machine Specs :
OS : Win 7 Ultimate
Processor : P4HT 3.0GHz mildy clocked to 3.2GHz
RAM: 2GB DDR2
HDD: Main Seagate 500GB 16MB + 3 others
 


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Hello everyone, I am a computer fool who has just jumped on the Win7 bandwagon because i was tired of XP clogging my machine up ( not to mention infested with bugs).
I had wanted to run a .exe/.exc file and somehow, windows determined that Notepad\
I have attached a reg file that should reset it. Downlod it and click on it and allow it to merge. Then reboot.

Here is the contents of the reg file:

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
;reset exe file association
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWithList]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWithProgids]
"exefile"=hex(0):
 


#3
Well I don't see the file attachment... I guess I only know how to attach photos.

Anyway. you have to save that code to a text file then name it something .reg and merge it and reboot.
 


#5
THANK YOU!!! no worries there, did it.. and is running beautifully now!! :D thank you again!! :D
 


#6
because i am an idiot.. :p
 


RAK

Extraordinary Member
#8
because i am an idiot.. :p
Lol. Not at all. We all blunder in from time to time!
I think it might be that dreaded "always use this program ..etc" which is the default on a right click "open with".,
 


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ABSOLUTELY THE ISSUE! .. in my version though.. the check box was not uncheckable... it was locked .. so i had not the choice
 


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