Solved Windows cannot open this program because it needs to know

May 2, 2012 at 15:16:04
Specs: Windows Xp
when i go to open a program it says Windows cannot open this program because it needs to know where it was created. Then it gives me 2 options, searching the internet for it or choosing the program from a list. Well my netgear wireless network is one of the programs not opening so i have no internet connection, meaning they cant search the internet to see where it was created. I think im getting closer to fixing it but i would really appreciate the help. Thanks.

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May 4, 2012 at 10:31:21
Problem fixed!! Not really sure what he did but a friend of mine had to reinstall windows and my problems are all gone. Thank you for all the help.


#1
May 2, 2012 at 16:02:43
That makes no sense to me.

Try a restore point to a time when it worked.

Hang up and live.


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#2
May 2, 2012 at 16:31:19
I cant resore, when i hit restore the same message comes up. Windows cannot open this program, it needs to know what created this program.

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#3
May 2, 2012 at 18:32:17
See web posts on fixing associations.

Hang up and live.


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#4
May 2, 2012 at 19:23:23
OK i just found this post from a long time ago, this is the best way to describe my exact problems

ok i got into safe mode. and i went to system restore and its still telling me
the same thing, window pops "To open this file, Windows needs to know
what program created it. . . ." During safe mode was absolutely no
different then normal.. nothing opened.

the symptoms;
- main programs will not open and the same window pops up
- anything on the control panel will not open
- system restore will not open
- ANYTHING i try to download will not open
- all icons on desktop do not appear as their own.
- safe mode doesn't help one bit
- the only way i can get to the internet is if i click on a program for that
same window to pop up to give me the option to browse the web service.

The only difference is that if i go to something like windows defender or so, then when i browse for it if i find it then it will run, but most other things will say error win32 or something like that, or i just cant find it. I am slow with computers so hang tight. I was on last night and it was fine, then i got on today and everything was screwed up. I now have internet connection because netgear was another one of the things i could get to load, but like system restore or avast antivirus, no luck. Basically very few things load.


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#5
May 2, 2012 at 19:28:30
even when i download the fix associations thing from doug knox, when i try to open it i still get the message that windows needs to know what created the program, then when i browse and pick it i get an error. im so lost

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#6
May 2, 2012 at 20:54:46
You may want to Right Click on the program Icon,
then click "Properties",
then see if the end of the program name has a .exe at the end.

For example, System Restore properties would show
%SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe
Note the .exe at the end.


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#7
May 2, 2012 at 21:38:19
Does this only happen, when you are using a shortcut on the desktop or in your start menu?

Open a command prompt and type in:
assoc .LNK

You should get something like this:
.LNK=lnkfile


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#8
May 3, 2012 at 12:06:02
they have exe on them and it happens all the time not just on shortcuts

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#9
May 3, 2012 at 12:08:57
paulsep, do you mean like on run, because when i type command.com on run it still gives me the message. It's litterally everthing. I can still get on internet, just cant load most things, when i browse and find them it comes up with an error.

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#10
May 4, 2012 at 10:26:58
First of all, there is no command.com on Windows XP.
You can use Start / Run and type in
cmd

This should open a command prompt window.

Anyway, I suggest to download and burn a free bootable antivirus cd, boot your system with this cd, update to the latest virus definition files and check your system.

Keep us posted.


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#11
May 4, 2012 at 10:31:21
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Problem fixed!! Not really sure what he did but a friend of mine had to reinstall windows and my problems are all gone. Thank you for all the help.

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#12
May 4, 2012 at 11:01:56
Great.
You are welcome.

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