exe files

April 10, 2010 at 10:48:27
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, When I am trying to download the exe files from internet, just opens the gom player and says, that i dont have necessary codec to play. I have operas internet. Whats the problem ?

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#1
April 10, 2010 at 11:09:44
Don't download and open any .exe file unless you know what it is, and even then don't do it. Download it and scan it before you open any of these files.

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#2
April 10, 2010 at 13:47:40
exe files are "programs" not something which will play.

As already stated, you should know what they are before you do anything with them. Even then it is far better to save them somewhere as files and then run them. They will then "install" or "unpack" the program.

Not every file type "Opens", which is a common misconception. It is brought about by MS default of hiding some file extensions - something worth undoing. That way you get used to knowing what file extension does what.

I don't use GOM player but on their website it says it supports file formats such as AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF, which are video files. It also claims users don't have to install codecs separately.


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#3
April 10, 2010 at 13:48:58
We need the full file name of the *.exe file.

Some .exe files are self extracting compressed files. When you execute the self extracting compressed file, it extracts it's contents. The files it extracts probably have at least some other file extensions. If Windows does not have the necessary codec to play the extracted files, you need to determine what file type(s ) it can't open - that's often indicated by which file extension the files it can't open have.


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#4
April 11, 2010 at 12:25:51
That exe files are- itunes, skype new version, and others.

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#5
April 11, 2010 at 14:18:24
Lets take skype as an example. You download this, which is a program. When it is downloaded you would normally save it as a file and then run this saved file to install the program.

Although you wouldn't normally try to "open it", if you did it should still install the program. From what you are saying it then opens GOM Player and tries to "Play it". Seems to me you have a general exe file association issue. This is usually the aftermath of a virus.

Try going here and downloading #12 on the list - left hand side. Save the file and then run it from wherever it has been saved (double click file), accepting all prompts:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Reboot, then try downloading skype again (assuming you still want it). Save the file and run it from wherever you saved it, as this is safer than trying to open it from within the browser.


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#6
April 15, 2010 at 12:41:45
thats the problem, that it doesnt save the file, i click - download now itune, i'm waiting few seconds , and opens the gom player, and of course i dont have this file.

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#7
April 15, 2010 at 13:38:42
Go to
Control Panel - Classic View - Folder Options - File types

Scroll down to see if EXE is listed.

If it IS there, it's NOT supposed to be in the list !
Click on that EXE line to highlight it, select Delete !
Click on OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
Reboot the computer, try downloading .exe files.

If EXE is NOT listed there

Start up the Gom player, look for a setting that sets all file associations to defaults, or that sets the player to defaults, or similar.

If you find a setting like that, set it to that.
Reboot the computer, try downloading .exe files.

If there is no such setting, or of you did find such a setting and that didn't help,...........

Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs

Un-install the Gom player.


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#8
April 15, 2010 at 15:51:51
Re #5.

You could try downloading the file in my link on a friends machine and copy it onto a floppy or CD. See if it will run from that.


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#9
April 16, 2010 at 06:34:07
Oh, the EXE wasnt listed in file type,
I uninstalled gom player
I tried to download itune, and AGAIN after few seconds he dropped me gom player- it asked if i want to install gom player latest version. I clicked cancel, and I still don't have itunes....

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#10
April 16, 2010 at 06:54:29
Try to do it on a safe mode with networking. It usually works.

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#11
April 16, 2010 at 07:15:43
Have you tried right-clicking on the download link and selecting "save link", or whatever similar option the Opera browser uses? That should at least get the file downloaded for you. I'd advise you take Dereks suggestion and use the fix from Kellys Korner. That site has been around a long time and is trusted by everyone.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#12
April 16, 2010 at 10:26:02
Yes, if at all possible concentrate on "the whole exe situation" rather than worrying too much about iTunes, Skype, or any specific program. Once exe is sorted the rest will fall into place. These exe problems usually arise due to the aftermath of a virus.


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