Solved Computer Cannot Run .exe

December 10, 2011 at 14:10:04
Specs: Windows 7, 3.00
A few days ago my mother noticed a "strange" user account on the sign in page. The account name was "Administrator" and she decided immediately that it was a virus and tried to delete it in several ways. She eventually managed to do that by erasing the file in the users folder.

Later she decided to ask me if I had gone to any "suspicious" websites or if I had downloaded any "suspicious" files from the internet. I then explained to her that I am not an idiot and do not go to such websites or download such files. She told me of her experience with the "strange" Admin account and asked me if I was positive that I had done nothing.

I went to check out the computer later on, and I found that she had deleted parts of the default Administrator account. At this point I face-palmed and explained to her what that account had been. I started to laugh at her, but she was not so amused.

I had not noticed anything out of the ordinary with the computer since then, until I tried to run my favorite video game. It looked like it was going to load normally, but after several seconds, nothing happened.

I Googled that I could not open the game, and I discovered other people with the problem. I read that one person found that he could not open any .exe files. I tried to open every .exe file I could find, and I can't open most of them. Specifically the ones I find important.

I Googled some more and I came across this thread: http://www.computing.net/answers/di... I followed the every word of the advice given, but it didn't work.

If you have read this far, and if you are willing, please help me.

I am using Windows 7.


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December 10, 2011 at 16:43:13
Hopefully you know a guy who builds PCs. If you do, you can borrow his.

Any PC repair shop should have one, but they'll charge you $50 to run it on your PC.

You could buy a copy from the store, but that'll run you $90. On the up side, you get a new license of Win7 to play with.

A year of Technet will cost you $200, but you'll also get to play around with pretty much any software MS has to offer, including the newer than new Windows 8.

You could run the "restore to factory condition" CD, but you'll loose everything on that PC. This includes documents, pictures, movies, music, programs, bookmarks, customizations, Windows patches, and anything else I'm forgetting.

There are other, less legal ways to get a disk. In your case, it'd be something of a gray area. You already have a valid license of Windows, just not a working copy. Talking about these methods goes against this site's ToS, so the less said the better.

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December 10, 2011 at 14:45:28
It's impossible to tell what she did in her endeavor to remove key parts of the OS.

Your best bet would be to do a repair install, but this would require a Win7 CD from MS, and not a "restore to factory condition" CD provided by a PC manufacture.

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December 10, 2011 at 14:49:26
Thanks for replying.

I don't have a Win7 CD, where can I find one?


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December 10, 2011 at 16:26:47
You'll have to buy one... Computer Software dealers/suppliers.

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December 10, 2011 at 16:43:13
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Hopefully you know a guy who builds PCs. If you do, you can borrow his.

Any PC repair shop should have one, but they'll charge you $50 to run it on your PC.

You could buy a copy from the store, but that'll run you $90. On the up side, you get a new license of Win7 to play with.

A year of Technet will cost you $200, but you'll also get to play around with pretty much any software MS has to offer, including the newer than new Windows 8.

You could run the "restore to factory condition" CD, but you'll loose everything on that PC. This includes documents, pictures, movies, music, programs, bookmarks, customizations, Windows patches, and anything else I'm forgetting.

There are other, less legal ways to get a disk. In your case, it'd be something of a gray area. You already have a valid license of Windows, just not a working copy. Talking about these methods goes against this site's ToS, so the less said the better.

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December 11, 2011 at 06:50:44
Thank-you both for replying.

I do have a friend that builds computer and I asked him if I could borrow his Win7 CD. He asked me why I needed it and I told him the full story. He then chuckled and told me to do a disk defrag.

I don't know what that has to do with the .exe files, as I'm not very computer savvy, but it worked.


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December 11, 2011 at 09:49:28
You need to create repair disks. The owners manual (if it ever had one) should tell. Otherwise a system recovery disk can be made from help and support pages.

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December 12, 2011 at 14:43:36
I'm glad to hear it is now working. However, it must have just fixed itself (this sometimes happens) because it most certainly was nothing defrag could fix.

In case it happens again back up your important data.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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