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Win XP doesn't recognize .EXE files

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#1 imwings


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 02:33 PM

MY Win XP PRo SP3 computer suddenly stopped recognizing >EXE files. When it boots up, I get the desktop but can't launch anything. I get the dialog box asking what program I want to use. I can't even run explorer.

I tried running the WIN install disk to repair the install, but no change. I'm trying not to do a fresh OS install because I've got programs I lost the install diskd for.

Anyy help is appreciated.



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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:09 PM

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_exe_fix.zip from http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
I think this is your best bet. Please refer the second link first.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:19 PM

This is typically caused by a virus or malware infection

Once the exe file associations are restored download, install, update and run
Malwarebytes Antimalware and Superantispyware
Do the complete scans.

Also install antivirus software
In the beginning there was the command line.

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