How can I undo an ‘open with’ selection for .exe files?

Rajeev December 10, 2010
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I mistakenly ‘opened with’ an .exe file in Adobe Reader. Now all the .exe files open in Adobe Reader. All program shortcuts are also not working due to that. There is no option to open the program by default. How can I solve dis problem? HELP ME!

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  1. Anonymous
    December 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Hi
    You will need first to remov restrictions
    Quick Disaster Recovery
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/qdr/

    then download the file which is here and try it
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore-17.html

    also
    To set File Associations in Windows 7 or Vista, Open Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Default Programs > Set Associations. Select a file type in the list and click Change Program.Alternatively, you can also Right click the file whose association you want to change > Properties > General tab > Type Of File > Change > Choose a program from the list or recommended or other programs or else click Browse to select one

    Default Programs Editor
    http://defaultprogramseditor.com/

    Creative Element Power Tools is a collection of productivity tools for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000.
    http://www.creativelement.com/powertools/

  2. rajeev
    December 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    i m using window7 and registry editing is also disabled , and i m not able to enable it.
    cmd is also not starting due to exe problem.....

    • Tina
      December 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      My bad, I wasn't thinking. Of course you cannot use the tool when .exe files aren't working!

      Here are instructions for Windows Vista, which should be almost identical for Windows 7:
      http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/165/1/Restore-the-exe-file-association-in-Windows-Vista-after-incorrectly-associating-it-with-another-application.html

      However, if you are a limited user and cannot edit the registry, this is going to be very difficult to fix. Can you log in as administrator?

      There is another way to change file type associations in Windows 7, however, as far as I can see it won't let you remove an association, you can only replace it. Since you have this issue with .exe files, there is not other program you want to assign to this extension.

  3. Tina
    December 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Rajeev,

    the quickest way to fix this is to change a registry setting.

    In case you're running Windows XP, you can use a tool, which can be found here. The site also provides an explanation about how to change the registry setting manually. Please be careful when editing the registry!

    A very similar question was also asked in the Microsoft Answers forum. Check out the answer here.

    Let us know whether any of the methods worked for you!