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#1 jonni67

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

Hi folks, I am running wins XP Home sp3 and I have a strange problem ( strange to me anyhow).. Recently, when trying to open programs and apps on the desktop, I get a notice appear that says "Windows cannot open this file" "To open this file Windows needs to know what program created it" It goes on a bit more but it's all relevant to this problem. Could someone tell me how to fix this please? Many thanks in anticipation, Regards Jonni65.. :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:20 PM

Download exeHelper to your desktop(If you cannot download the file,copy it using a flash drive_

http://www.raktor.net/exeHelper/exeHelper.com

Double-click on exeHelper.com to run the fix.

A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.

Try to launch applications now

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:20 PM

Hello,

Can you pleas tell me what type of file it is? (.exe .jpg etc.), if you don't know this can you pleas give the name of the file?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

Hi Quote, The file I was trying to open was ebay.co.uk but, it is the same for all apps on the desktop. Each one I try to open I get the same message. Many thanks, regards, jonni65

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:07 PM

You can post here if the fix doesnt work.

Download

Exe fix

Extract and launch it and click YES.Try to launch applications now

Can you launch applications in safemode?

Edited by narenxp, 17 October 2012 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:40 AM

You can post here if the fix doesnt work.

Download

Exe fix

Extract and launch it and click YES.Try to launch applications now

Can you launch applications in safemode?

Hi narenxp, I used the exefix but there is no difference. The applications are still the same.What can I do? Best regards,jonni67.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:43 AM

See if this link is of any help:
Unable to Start a Program with an .exe File Extension

WARNING:
Method 2 is a registry edit.
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry, BEFORE making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:46 AM

Have you tried a system restore to a time shortly before this started happening?

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

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:23 PM

Hello narenxp,Quote,tg1911 and Queen-evie, Thanks very much folks for your input to this subject. I have managed to fix it at last!!! Iclicked on the window that came up, chose a program that I wanted to use to open those apps, and that was it. I guess the file needed an association???... Many thanks for all your help, best regards, jonni67.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:59 PM

Glad to hear you were able to resolve the problem, jonni67.
Thanks for letting us know.
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