HELP, .exe file association is locked to Notepad

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  1. thejuggernaut

    thejuggernaut New Member

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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
     
    #1 thejuggernaut, Nov 30, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  2. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    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. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    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.
     
  4. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Why would notepad be associated with an .exe file?
     
  5. thejuggernaut

    thejuggernaut New Member

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

    thejuggernaut New Member

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    because i am an idiot.. :p
     
  7. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    Glad to know it works...
     
  8. RAK

    RAK Extraordinary Member

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    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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    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  9. thejuggernaut

    thejuggernaut New Member

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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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