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Open with dialog box always open

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wjb0519, Apr 6, 2010.

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  1. wjb0519

    wjb0519 Thread Starter

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    Whenever I try to run programs such as Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word I get a OPEN WITH dialog box asking me to choose which of the recommended programs I want to use. Currently they are Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word. When I click on Internet Explorer, IE momentarily open then closes and another dialog box open. asking me if I want to run c:\programs files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe. When I click on RUN another dialog box open asking me if I want to run Windows Vista SE Build. If I click on RUN I return to the OPEN WITH dialog box and starts the cycle over again. When I tried to run PROGRAM UPDATES in the CONTROL PANEL, I got a message about not being able to find RUNDLL32.EXE. Thinking I had a corrupted file, I copied a good RUNDLL32.EXE from my primary machine. No change after copying the file.

    I've run Norton AV and found no viruses. Interesting in that running Norton's did not initiate the OPEN WITH dialog box.

    System Compaq Presario
    Windows XP SP3
    Pentium D 820 processor
    1GB memory
     
  2. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

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    Try this fix: EXEFIX

    Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.

    Reboot.

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

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


    If you can't connect to the Web with your computer, download the fix from a working computer and copy it to a USB flash drive. Then, plug it into the faulty computer, copy the file to the desktop, and run the fix.
     
  3. wjb0519

    wjb0519 Thread Starter

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    Thanks. Worked like a charm. Out curiosity, what caused the problem in the first place. I did have some power failures while the system was running.
     
  4. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

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    It's hard to say. It can be caused by malware and/or registry corruption.
     
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