Can't open exe files.

December 16, 2011 at 16:08:48
Specs: Windows 7
Can't open any exe file on my Windows 7 laptop. When I try to open any of my programs a box pops up asking me what program do I want to open it with. It happens with my Fireofx, Itunes, Quicktime Player, and basically everything that has an icon.

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December 17, 2011 at 06:16:04
Boot to Safe Mode (start tapping F8 when you switch on) and choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt. At the prompt, type assoc .exe=exefile and press Enter. There will be no acknowledgement, just type exit and press Enter. Now press Ctrl+Alt+Del and restart the computer.

You may additionally have to restore the .exe association here

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December 17, 2011 at 14:12:32
You are my my new hero!!!!

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January 3, 2012 at 06:07:25
The Link helped me out not the SafeMode command prompt.

I lost this as a result of the JLH.exe virus infection when attemtpting to do research on Search Engine Opt. Go figure.

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January 3, 2012 at 06:42:29
Did you leave a blank space between assoc and .exe ?

If you typed in the command assoc.exe, this is incomplete because it does not incorporate an extension to reset. The correct one is assoc.exe .exe=exefile ( or assoc .exe=exefile. The command may be typed in without its own extension.). I think you see the difference. Pls see this MS KB Article for further info.

If you want to see what this command does in Win 7, open a command prompt and type in

ASSOC /? (there is a blank space before the slash)

and press enter.


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March 23, 2012 at 23:40:37
so I had the same problem, now my files will open but how do I get their icons to appear instead of the Windows Picture Viewer icon to appear?? PLEASE HELP!!!

*update: I tried the command mode thing AND it FIXED my icon pictures!! thanks to BurrWalnut you Rock! I was able to fix it without asking my dad to fix it!!

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