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Windows 7: .exe program files opening with Microsoft word by default

15 Jul 2010   #1
wingsfan800

Windows 7
 
 
.exe program files opening with Microsoft word by default

Hello,

I recently ran into an issue where this installation on Windows 7 Pro 32-bit is trying to open up all my programs in Word, they all have the MS word icon as well, so for instance, when I click on Nero, it will try to open it up in word and we get an error because it is not a word file. This is on all Program .exe files. There are no options to change the file association in the default programs in control panel. I have only seen a few fixes for this which involve the registry, I have checked these, however, all registry keys are correct. System restore fails as well, have tried multiple restore points to no avail. We have also ran norton, and malwarebytes on the system is it runs clean. I am not sure where to go from here. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.


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15 Jul 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wingsfan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like your EXE file associations has been set wrong. You can download and merge the exe download in the tutorial below to restore all of the default associations and settings for the exe file extension.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Jul 2010   #3
wingsfan800

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for your response, Brink. However, I have already attempted this fix and it did not work. I then tried to manually enter all of the registry data, but it did not resolve the issue. Any other thoughts would be helpful. Thanks.
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15 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If you did restart the computer after appyling the above with no luck, then you could also do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before you had this issue.
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15 Jul 2010   #5
wingsfan800

Windows 7
 
 

I have actually already tried that as well...
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15 Jul 2010   #6
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Have you tried the system file checker ?

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If there is any system corruption, it will bring it to default .
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15 Jul 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Wingsfan,

If all else fails, you can do a repair install if you have a retail Windows 7 copy.
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