How can I undo an ‘open with’ selection for .exe files?
Question by Rajeev /

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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  • Anonymous

    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/

  • rajeev

    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

    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!