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Icons Look Like Text Files, No .exe's Work

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#1 glitterati


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Posted 15 October 2006 - 08:37 PM

A friend of mine is having trouble with her Win XP PC. She can't get to most webpages - but can get to her homepage (the page of her ISP). She can't access any program files. When she double clicks any of them she gets a message that tells her an icon cannot be created here, would you like to create an icon on the desktop instead.

It's been acting slow and sluggish over the last few days and now this issue arose last night.

Any ideas?

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Edited by Animal, 15 October 2006 - 08:43 PM.

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:15 PM

See if she can access the following using Internet Explorer:

Windows One Care Free Scan

Go to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"

Make sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.

Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 09:47 AM

I have her computer here at my house now. No exe files will launch. I tried to do a system restore, but of course that's an exe too. The only way I can get to anything to even view it is to explore all users. I can see the files but they all still look like txt file icons. When I try to launch any exe it says the file has no program association. Anyone know of anyway to restore that association?

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 03:25 PM

Have you tried "Last Known Good Configuration" or System Restore from a command prompt in "SAFE MODE"?

The following links all provide various file association fixes

Scroll down to #324 and click "You cannot Start a Program with an .exe Extension" in the right column.
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