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#1 8 years ago

I don't seem to be able to run any .exe files for some reason, everytime i click on them it asks me to select a program. I checked the regedit, and there doesn't seem to be any problems there with it. Help please? I'm running Windows 7 x64 if that helps :) EDIT: Forgot to say, i ran a virus scan and it didn't pick up anything.




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#2 8 years ago

Could be that your file association is corrupt, and it did happen to some people before. While you did check the regsitry, I suggest you follow these steps and see if it helps: click here.

If that did not help, try to use this: File Association Fixes for Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog

Make sure that you do have a backup of your registry, in-case you do something wrong.


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#3 8 years ago

Hmmm, I had a go at the first one, it didn't work. Command prompt says there may be a disk or system file error, so it wouldn't even change the registry =/ I'll have a look at the second link now.




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#4 8 years ago

You should operate the first one in safe mode. That should not give any errors about not being able to change things in the registry, unless you actually do have certain errors.


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#5 8 years ago

Now it's saying that it can't do the second one because it says that some keys are open by the system or other processes =/ Thanks for the help though :) EDIT: Just saw your reply. I'll have another go.




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#6 8 years ago

Had a go with Safe mode, the second one still had the same problem, and the first one didn't seem to do anything - Thanks for you help though :)




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#7 8 years ago

Are you completely sure you have NO malicious software on your computer? That also includes certain spyware. Have you scanned thoroughly and checked said types? Because 99% of the results I could find with a similar issue to yours is either a virus, or corrupted file association.


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#8 8 years ago

Yeah, i did a full scan and it came up with nothing, so i don't know what it could be. I'll scan it again now though. And i'm pretty sure i haven't downloaded anything. I think the only things that i've downloaded are iTunes and Garrys Mod from ModDB, but nothing other than that.




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#9 8 years ago

What are you scanning with? Some great free tools are HijackThis, Malwarebytes, and SUPERAntiSpyware. ALso, try going into safe mode then choosing the debug option. W7 has a fairly good debug tool. I would do the malware checks first though just to be on the safe side.




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#10 8 years ago

I was using McAfee, but i'm going to download SuperAntiSpyware when i'm at home tomorrow. And i ran in safe mode, but it didn't seem to work, so i don't think it's so much a problem with the registry.




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