How can I fix file associations and launch .exe files?

Anonymous January 7, 2014
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Downloaded some applications trying to fix AOL page view. Some apps piggy-backed on download and when I uninstalled them, all extensions changed to .lnk. Tried solution re: tools, folder otions, adding shortcuts, but .exe files still not launchable. Anyway to fix this short of repairing registry using a second connected computer?

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  1. Oron J
    January 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Download and run "FixExec". You can get it at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/fixexec/.

  2. Bruce E
    January 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Download the first 2 files. If you hare problems opening the ZIP files, you will also need the third one.
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/linkfile_fix.zip
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_exe_fix.zip
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/zipfolder_fix.reg

    Unzip the first 2 files. Double-click on the resulting .REG files and answer YES to the question about importing them into the registry.

    If the registry editor won't open, press CTRL-ALT-DEL and start Task Manager. Click on File, then hold down the CTRL key and click on New Task (Run), enter 'regedit.exe' (without quotes) and press Enter. Import each of the .REG files. Changes should take place immediately, but you may want to reboot just to make sure.