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#1 Zachary R.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:41 PM

I feel really dumb here.I was installing a program and somehow I messed up my file assosiations and can't get anything back to the way it was before.Everytime I want to run a program I have to go through the process of finding and pointing out which one to run.ANd now my simple programs won't run either.It says it can't find the app.Is there a way for me to get windows to fix all the associations without having to know where every one is.My ad/remove programs won't open ,it says rundll32.exe can not be found.I have a feeling it is something really easy,but for some reason I can't remember where to look.any information would be greatly appreciated....I can supply hijackthis logs too if needed,but this isn't a hijacking that I can see.I just messed it up...ty vm Zac
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:51 PM

Can you do a system restore?
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#3 Zachary R.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:55 PM

next post (this one was removed)

Edited by Zachary R., 24 October 2007 - 09:05 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:59 PM

Ok,I went looking around and found the System restore and restored it to yesterdays setting,I didn't have a problem untill today.I still have the same problems since the restore.If there are any programs that I could Dwl and run that would assist in the diagnoses I will do my best to run them..ty again

Edited by Zachary R., 24 October 2007 - 09:03 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:16 PM

Have you recently scanned for malware? And done so from safe mode. Some malware disguise themselves as or affect that file.
I would recommend a scan with this, SUPERAntiSpyware It's eefective on such.
Download,install update and scan.
How to start Windows in Safe Mode
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:23 PM

try this, open notepad and paste this code into it, then save as regfix.reg ( remember to change the "save as type" to "all files" before saving) If all is good up to this point run the file and it will ask you if you are sure you want to add this to registry say yes , now restart and retry an application.



[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
@="exefile"
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
@="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
@="Application"
"EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
"TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
"InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
@="%1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
@="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PEAnalyser]
@="{09A63660-16F9-11d0-B1DF-004F56001CA7}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
@="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
@="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 10:04 AM

Well...two tools available, IMO:

a. sfc /scannow command (not sure that would fix file associations, but it would check all system files).

b. Repair install of XP (seems like it would solve the XP problems).

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 10:53 AM

It might be simpler to change the file associations that are messed up by relinking the file type to the application you want to handle it. The instructions below are for changing picture file associations, but work for any kind of change:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40808/how-to-change-which-application-opens-your-pictures/
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:38 PM

Ok,very bad news..the SUPERAntiSpyware,I couldn't get it to install,the regfix.reg said "The specified file is not a registry script.You can only import binary registry files from within registry editor."and I can't open regedit.Even if I could I probably shouldn't be in there since I have no idea of what I am looking at in there.I also tried using the info from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40808/how-to-change-which-application-opens-your-pictures/ and when I go to the properties/General tab there is no change button and I know what button it is,I've seen it before.Not anymore though.....Thank you for all your ideas guys,hope there are more out there..I'm trying to avoid a complete reinstall of Windows Xp.I would have to go and buy a harddrive just to transfer files off this one so I wouldn't loose any of my nonreplacable files.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 04:32 PM

Now this wondrful computer has completly shutdown and I can't start it.as it starts and the windows boot screen is up it flashes memory problem blue screen then reboots.Can a virus get into the memory?
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