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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by djb88, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. djb88

    djb88 Thread Starter

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    i was downloading a film and accicdently sent a file to open using WMP, now all my programs have gone wrong. int explorer,google chrome, AVG, chess titans etc everything is now trying to open in WMP. I've checked properties and all the target types have changed to WMP, have not got a clue what ive done. ive tried using REGEDIT but this also tries to open in WMP. ive downoaded reg fix for windows 7 but this hasnt worked either. ive done a bit of research on the web for similar problems but none of the solutions seem to be working for me. i am able open int explorer by going to 'open with' which i was not able to do before, but this just changes all the icons to int explorer.

    i dont want to have to reboot because ive never done it before and i dont have a back up for the operating systems. STUPID.

    ANY SUGGESTIONS
     
  2. rainforest123

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    Dan:
    Hello & Welcome to Tech Guy Forum.

    Please run this forum's system info tool & post the results in a reply to this thread.
    http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Valuable_links

    Welcome to the world of file associations. A file name is actually 3 [ or with the advent of Vista, even more ] letters long. Notepad, for example is actually notepad.exe .
    Internet Explorer's real name is: iexplore.exe


    Open Control Panel
    Upper right, left click "view by" to "large icons"
    Open "default programs"
    edit
    Disregard
    Open Control Panel
    Upper right, left click "view by" to "large icons"
    Open "default programs"

    end edit



    edit
    It just occurred to me that you won't be able to access the internet. Silly me.
    End edit.


    See SpiritX's reply at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...indows-7/4b366c24-c451-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5

    2 links by SpiritX
    This page will let Microsoft fix it for you.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505

    Here are manual instructions.
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/restore-exe-file-asso-windows-7-vista-incorrectly-associated/

    RF123
     
  3. rainforest123

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    Please provide the URL

    because regedit32's full name is regedit32.exe.

    RF123
     
  4. rainforest123

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    Dan:
    I think this will work.
    On a working computer, go to
    http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/restore-exe-file-asso-windows-7-vista-incorrectly-associated/

    Download exefix_cu.reg
    Save it to a flash drive
    Shut down that computer, or use the "stop hardware" feature.
    Start the problem computer
    put the flash drive into a USB port
    press the Windows flag key.
    tap the "R" key
    Release the flag key
    You will see "run"
    Browse to your flash drive; to regfix_cu.reg

    Lef click "open" or "run"
    That will modify your registry

    Keep us posted.

    RF123

    Using a search engine [ Bing, Yahoo, Google ], I searched using this string
    "windows 7" change file association

    (y)
     
  5. djb88

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    i have had a little bit of success with exefix file. all of the target types have reverted back to normal, they no longer say WMP. however when i go to open these programs they still open with WMP??
     
  6. olga1927

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    "Let me fix it myself" at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505

    Maybe you could try this.
     

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    nope doesnt want to work, i get to

    Return to the Command Prompt window, type REG IMPORT [filepath]Exe.reg, and then press ENTER

    and then its says ERROR: error opening file. there maybe be a disk or file system error
     
  8. rainforest123

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    Dan:
    If you downloaded a program as well as the film, please try this:
    control panel > upper right, set view to "large icons"
    Programs & Features
    Uninstall the program.

    Reboot

    RF123
     
  9. rainforest123

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    Dan:
    I have created exe.reg, per the instructions from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505

    Please download the attached .zip, extract exe.reg.

    Then RIGHT click exe.reg
    Left click "merge"
    Confirm the merger.

    Reboot.

    RF123
     

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    wont allow me to open file i get a message saying the following

    cannot import [filepath] the specified file is not a registry script, you can only import binary registry files within the registry editor
     
  12. Phantom010

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    Try THIS.

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

    Restart the computer.

    If the fix only opens as a text file (in Notepad), right-click the file (before opening 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.
     
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    managed to find temporary solution, ive created a new standard user. everything seems to working as it should on this user. just need to try fix the admin user!
     
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    Try THIS fix.
     
  15. rainforest123

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    Dan:
    If you can open regedit [ I was wrong when I mentioned regedit32.exe, earlier in this post,]?

    If so, open the registry editor
    RIGHT CLICK
    " 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\"
    Left click "permissions".
    In the upper pane, look for your user name.
    left clcik onit.
    In the lower pane, look for "full control" "read" and "special permissions"
    Which are allowed?
    Ideally, "full control" will have a check mark in the box in the "allow" column

    Repeat for each of the following.

    "Software"

    \Microsoft

    \Windows\

    CurrentVersion\

    Explorer

    \FileExts

    \.exe

    \OpenWithList]
    and

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER

    "Software"

    \Microsoft

    \Windows\

    CurrentVersion\

    Explorer

    \FileExts

    \.exe

    \OpenWithProgids]

    If you become confused, create a screen shot & attach the image to a reply.

    RF123
     
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