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Can't Open Any Files, At All


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#1 shuemoo

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:02 PM

I have no idea what is wrong. I can't open any program unless there's a pre-established route. I was only able to access the internet because there was link in one of my word documents. Everytime I try to open something, it gives me the message, "this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel." I tried (am in) safe mode, and it gives me the same message. I can't open hijack this or any other anti-virus anything.

Please help!

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:37 PM

If you have an XP disk, you can boot to it and run SFC/ SCANNOW

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310747
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#3 shuemoo

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:00 PM

I don't have an XP disc, so I can't do that suggestion. I also can't open regedit or any other commands under run. When I open run and type in anything, like regedit, or msconfig, it gives me the message,

"Windows cannot open this file: file xxxx
To ope this file, windows needs to know who created it. Windows can go online......"

Edited by shuemoo, 22 March 2008 - 06:17 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:18 PM

have you try using task manager

crtl alt and delete
click on new file(run new task)

http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

try that link

Edited by mme, 22 March 2008 - 06:21 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:36 PM

I get the same message as before when I try the task manager.

As for the link - I downloaded the automatic fix, but I can't open it. It gives me the same error message as before, "this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel."

I tried the instructions to get to scannow sfc through Run, but get the same message as when I try regedit or anthing else though Run.

Edited by shuemoo, 22 March 2008 - 06:41 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:59 PM

go to control panel
folder options
general tab
click restore defaults
do the same with the view tab

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:09 PM

Ok, did those. Nothing happened.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:11 PM

Adaware occasionally does this when it finds an infection.
It just removes all the file type associations (even .exe files).
It may even occur that you cannot open regedit.
To fix this, open task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and click on file - new task while holding down the control key.
This will bring up a cmd console. From there type regedit.exe and the registry editor should open.
If you have got this far, all is going good
Go to this webpage:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Here you will find lots of registry files to restore the file associations.
Download the ones you need and import them into the registry through registry editor.
This should fix your PC enough so you can perform a repair or system restore.

In all reality, the only full solution is a format and re-installation of Windows here, or a full restore from a backup image (e.g. a brand name PC's recovery disk).

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:25 PM

That is exactly why I quit using Ad Aware!
This is a file association issue.

Garmanma what do you think about recommending TweakUI to repair the file associations?

Shuemoo please do not use this tool unless one of the other BC Advisors recommends it as well.
Its a power tool. Improper use could be dangerous to your computer. Thx

Edited by Eyesee, 22 March 2008 - 07:27 PM.

In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:34 PM

Mme, your suggestions have been great and I was able to get to my registry. So thanks a lot! I'm going to try the websites zips.

I'll wait on the responses about TweakUI because I know nothing about it.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:44 PM

create a back up of registry
when you open the registry
click file
export
save and save to desktop


tweaking registry can be dangerous
wish you well

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:48 PM

Thank you mme. Things are working again (or so it seems). I realize now, after you mentioned adaware, that it popped up when I restarted my computer after it froze with a message about accepting some change in the registry. I said not to accept it, and then this whole mess appeared.

About your most recent post, what am I exporting, and what do I save?

Now now do I do a repair or system restore? And if I do a system restore, is it going to make my computer go back to the system defaults?

Edited by shuemoo, 22 March 2008 - 07:52 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:55 PM

are you able to do a restore

C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

copy and paste that in cmd window or paste in run

if you can choose a date or a time your computer was working good

GOOD LUCK....post the results

Edited by mme, 22 March 2008 - 08:06 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:04 PM

System Restore is only going to work if you've had it turned on to create a restore point before your problems started. I'm inclined to agree with Eyesee about using TweakUI. If you're going to root around the registry be sure to back up first or everything could be for naught
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#15 shuemoo

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:14 PM

I did the restore. Although afterwards, adaware popped up again and started giving me those change in registry attempt messages again. I think those were the changes that I made from the previous suggestions, so that should be alright.

Things seem to be working. I'm able to open files and use Run and things like that.

Thanks again for all the help.




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