EXE files try to open with explorer

  tobyb121 21:07 30 Sep 07

I am not sure how it actually started, but I was trying to open a program which was an exe and the open with box popped up, I wasn't sure what to open it with so I chose explorer, as this seemed the logical choice from the list, but it turns out this isn't right, and it now makes my computer freeze whenever i try to open a program,as all exe files seem to be asociated to explorer, so I can't open anything, I can open programs by clicking on a file that is associated to that program, i.e. I can open word by opening a word document, but apart from that there is no other way of opening a program, I have tried right clicking on the exe files, but they have no open with option, and the default programs option in the control panel doesn't list exe files. I was wondering if there is a registry value that needs changing, even though I can't open regedit, that would allow me to fix this, or do I need to repair/reinstall windows
thanks tobyb

  woodchip 21:12 30 Sep 07

You do not associate exe file’s with anything they are self running. You need to remove the association

  tobyb121 21:29 30 Sep 07

Thats the problem, for some reason my computer asked me what to open it with, and I stupidly told it to open with explorer, so now they all try to open with explorer, which is causing various problems.

  woodchip 21:31 30 Sep 07

You should be able to remove it. Are you XP Vista or what

  skidzy 21:34 30 Sep 07

Hi Woody

Think Toby should use system Restore from safemode.

  tobyb121 21:35 30 Sep 07

vista, I have found a registry fix, it is for xp, but its worth a try

  woodchip 21:38 30 Sep 07

Try this press Windows key plus E. then go to menu\Tools\Folder Options\File Types. then press restore Defaults

Hi there skidzy, Been out all day

  tobyb121 21:52 30 Sep 07

Thanks so much for your help, I have just found a set of registry fixes for vista, which have now got it working again, click here if anyone else has this problem.

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