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#1 malikah

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 07:54 AM

Hi, I turned my other computer on this morning only to find that most of my icons were missing (converted to the no association icon) and I could not execute most .exe files. I can't access add/remove programs but IE7 works fine. When I double click on an .exe, the icon fades as if it thinks it's a hidden file. I don't think this is a virus, but an incompatable program. I installed restorator 2005 yesterday and I think it just installed badly. Also I can't execute Add/Remove programs and MSCONFIG won't execute either. Is there something in the registry that prevents .exe files from running?



/Mod edit - Topic title edited to reflect actual problem ~rigel

Edited by rigel, 24 December 2007 - 10:14 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2007 - 07:59 AM

Try doing a System Restore to a point before you installed Restorator. You may need to boot into Safe Mode to do this if it won't work in Normal Mode.
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#3 malikah

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 08:17 AM

Is there a way to re-enable the exe files from registry? They're all there - even the system32 exe files - I just can't execute them. All my problems would be solved if I could execute them.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:30 AM

Did you do as suggested and try system restore?

*edited to delete the rest of my post-the issue mentioned regarding topic title has been addressed*

Edited by Queen-Evie, 26 December 2007 - 10:51 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:38 AM

No, I didn't use system restore - I think that would have been too extreme of a solution and it seems to be the "no frills" answer to everyone's computer problems these days. My first assumption was that it was a registry problem due to a poorly installed program and I was right.

SOLUTION#1:

I went here for the solution.

NOTE: If you can not run the exefix_xp.com utility and are prompted to open it with a file, navigate to c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe and use the command line to execute the file - it was my only option. Reeboot when you are done.

Also, some other symptoms of this problem (before I fixed it) were:
Startup programs didn't start - like antivirus, google desktop, etc. and I couldn't use folder links in the start menu like add/remove programs although, folders on my desktop worked fine. I don't think this was a virus, just a poorly installed program which messed with the registry a little.

SOLUTION#2 (maybe - I didn't try):

go here and read the 4th post

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 10:00 AM

We may be on different pages about what system restore is.

Budapest and I are not talking about the type of restore where you wipe the drive clean and re-install the OS.

The system restore we mean is simply choosing a point to a time before the issue began and setting the computer back to that point.

Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.

You will not lose the operating system or any files you've created after that date.
Here is an explanation of system restore:


Use System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur



Please edit your topic title to something descriptive of the issue.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 24 December 2007 - 10:09 AM.


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Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:47 AM

Ahh ok, I thought system restore would undo any installs and files I created. My mistake. How do I edit the topic title?

Edited by malikah, 26 December 2007 - 09:48 AM.


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Posted 26 December 2007 - 10:52 AM

Apparently there is no way for you to edit the topic title. If there is, I didn't find it.




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