Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Can't run .exe files

26 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Can't run .exe files

I know some people already asked this question before, but nothing of what has been suggested works for me.
A couple of months ago I got Windows 7. Everything worked just fine until yesterday. I ran a full scan using "Avast!" anti-virus. It found a couple of malwares which I deleted. I rebooted my PC, and to my surprise I couldn't open any .exe file, I only managed to open Explorer by going to where it's installed and clicking "iexplore" Nothing besides explorer and some Windows tools work.
Following some suggestions, I downloaded extension fixes ( which came as .reg files) both in safe and normal mode,and tried to change the .exe and exefile values using the registry editor. I tried downloading a few programs which were meant to automatically fix the problem, but I couldn't run them either. I tried updating aswell but the problem is still here.
If anyone has a solution, please let me know.

EDIT: Thank you guys so much! It all works now!
The SFC /scannow did the trick.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

Hi Roman1337, welcome to 7F :)

Seems like the new Avast definitions are causing the problems.

Take a look at this post:
i need help on my computer programs dont want to open up

There are three links that lead back to the Avast Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2011   #3


It's been reported that an SFC /scannow fixes the avast botchup - SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Can't run .exe files

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Pagefile, Temporary Int Files, Temp files reset after update
Hello, I have a system with 32gb DDR3-2400, a 256GB SSD and a couple of spinners. I have set up 4gb of the RAM to be used as another RAMdisk using the softperfect software. This problem has been going on for some time, but has been more of a problem since I started using the RAMdisk. Not...
Performance & Maintenance
.wma files appears as .dat files in Temporary Internet Files folder
Hi, I am running IE8 on Windows 7 (Home Premium 64bit). My Temporary Internet Files folder is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5. I have enabled Show Hidden Files and Folders and removed the tick for Hide Protected Operating System...
Browsers & Mail
error-failed to load locale files from "Program Files\Western Digital\
failed to load locale files from "Program Files\Western Digital\WD Smartware\Locale" The menu box it's under is entitled " WDContextMenuHandler " I get this error when I just right click on any part of "my computer" everytime. the pc then goes blank on desktop while it says " windows...
BSOD Help and Support
Temp Internet files folder is 118GB full, but no files???
Hello. I hope that someone can help me with my problem. I a lower-intermediate on a computer. I have my tower pc on constant all day- to record a streaming IP Camera from my work. Initially, I saved these files into my docutments- which they would save as .avi files, and after every several...
Browsers & Mail
.reg files open Notepad - do not change registry to read older files
Running Win7Pro 64-bit. Am unable to open older Office 97 files with Office2003 which is installed and running fine. I found a couple of files here and elsewhere with .reg extensions that were supposed to make the necessary registry changes. eg. "UnlockWord.reg" and a more elaborate-looking...
Microsoft Office

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:14.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App