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Windows 7: Can not open .exe files.

29 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
Can not open .exe files.

I have a problem opening up .exe files/programs, after I had reinstalled Windows 7. Basically any program I try to open from the desktop icon or in the Start Menu (Firefox, IE, Microsoft Office, etc.), will give me the "Open with" prompt and I have to choose a program. The same happens when I try to open any .exe file. The program does not open when I choose a program from the "Open With" prompt. For example, if I try to open up IE, the "Open With" prompt displays the file to be opened as "iexplore.exe" and I choose the IE icon to try and open it. When I select the IE icon, I get a file download prompt (file name: iexplore, from C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer). If I choose run, I go back to the "Open With" prompt. If I choose save, it just saves an icon on my desktop (clicking on that icon will result in the "Open With" problem). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

See this and click on EXE
Default File Type Associations - Restore
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7

Thanks for the quick response. That worked great. Thanks again!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

You're welcome!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2011   #5

windows 7 x64
thankyou very much Jaycee

I had the same problem with installing the exe files. but Jaycee's answer was very helpful and immediately solved the problem.
Wow what a simpler way of dealing with things
thanks again
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 62 bit

I want to thank you so much, I had that fake Windows 7 Virus protection and when I removed it it some how removed to Exe file opener or something.... but thank you so much it worked like a charm
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 64-Bit

Thank you so much Jacee, I was working on a family member's computer to get out a fake antivirus but after I removed that I couldn't run any .EXE files so I couldn't install an antivirus or do any kind of cleanup, this quick fix got everything back to normal and allowed me to get the computer up and running in no time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Dec 2011   #8

cant open ie

I have this same problem. Since I can't open internet explorer I can't download these fixes. Any other ideas?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sometimes after removing that fake anitvirus crap and left in this state you can right click the shortcut or exe file and choose run as administrator and it will use default built in admin associations and run the program so you can then download and apply the fix.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Dec 2011   #10


That worked brubern and jacee! Running malwarebytes right now! Thanks so much!
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