I just opened this computer I bought quite a few years ago. It is an Acer Aspire that came with pre-installed Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit. After downloading a few essential programs like winrar, chrome, firefox, itunes, ccleaner, vlc player, panda antivirus, etc. I realized I couldn't run or open any of these programs. I went to microsoft online and found a page "Can't open .EXE files in Windows 7 or Windows Vista" and tried to follow the instructions to fix it.
I was able to follow the procedures up until #6: Browse to and then click on the following registry key:
My registry editor does not show an exefile key.
I do not know what to do and cannot run or install anything with a .EXE
Please advise on how I can resolve this issue.
Thank you for your help. It is much appreciated!!