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Wonder15

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I am unable to open applications by clicking. I have to "right click" the "Run As", uncheck the "Protect my computer and data from unauthorized program activity", then hit "OK". What happened? I can't download or use any application in the "Control Panel". Help!!!
 

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Go here: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Click on EXE File Association Fix (Restore default association for EXE files)

The files listed here are all ZIP files, which contain a REG (Registry) file. Download the ZIP and open it. Extract the REG file to your hard disk and double click it. Answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad. Each of the REG files contains the default settings for the file extension indicated. For the ZIP file fix, the download is a REG file, since ZIP's aren't working anyway!

NOTE: If your EXE file associations are corrupted, it can be difficult to open REGEDIT, or to even import REG files. To work around this, press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter.
 

Wonder15

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My EXE file must be corrupted, I had to go through the Task Manager to get to the exe files; but when I click Import under File, it goes to My Document and wants me to put in a Filename & Open. How do I proceed? I'm not familar with this process.
 

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Hmmm, okay let's just try this other one real quick: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/exefix.reg

Save the .reg file to your desktop and double click it to merge it to the registry.

Reboot the computer.

If the fix only opens as a text file, then right click it and select Open With > Choose Program
Select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, then please browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
 
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