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TODD GOUIN asked on February 13, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

EXE Default Association Problem Windows 7

» The association of all executables (.exe) somehow changed to Windows Media Center and now the only program that I can open is Google Chrome. How can I change the association back to windows explorer. By the way, not even command promp opens.


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» I may be wrong but developers should create something like a Super Admin Profile that can only set up during windows installation or in an advanced fashion way, because every computer owner, mostly inexperienced one can set himself/herself as admin.....and mess up with everything. The little "Why is a standard account recommended" in User Accounts > Manage Accounts > Create New Account is not enough. It is true with EXE Default Association Problem for Windows XP and Windows 8.

The operating system has to know where a file is located and what to do with it before it can open the file. File extensions are a method of telling the operating system what kind of file it is and by using associations what application should be used to open the file. The operating system uses the file extension…the three letters after the period such as "word.exe" to determine the association. The .exe extension states that a file is an executable application. For example, a ".doc" extension identifies the file as a word processing document that can be opened with MS Word, Wordperfect, Wordpad and several other word processing applications.

The most common way a malware works is where it copies files containing malicious software on to your system and then causes those files to be run by adding information to places like the registry. With that information, Windows might be instructed to automatically run the software on every reboot, or under other conditions. When cleaning your system anti-malware programs both remove the malicious files and those malicious instructions that cause the malware to run.

Another approach that malware also uses is to modify existing files. For example, malware might not copy in any additional files, but rather take an existing system file - typically an "exe" or "dll" file - and re-write it to include the malware's own code. Anti-malware programs would inevitably remove or quarantine the infected system file, which could have adverse side effects on the operation of the system.

The safest approach, by far, is to reinstall Windows. But given how painful that is, the alternatives that follow it are often more practical. This time, I would like to recommend DLL Suite to you. DLL Suite has one tool called "Fix EXE Virus", specially targeted to fix virus infection problem and thus fix slow PC performance.

ANDREW FRAMKO replied on February 16, 2013


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  1. VICHIT PHUNGRASAMEE replied on February 13, 2013: » When you run an .exe file on a Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different program. Additionally, the icon for the .exe file may not appear as expected. You may also receive additional errors from the .exe file or from the program that starts.

    To get over with the issue download the‘Fix It'from the below given link and run it. This will fix the issue. If the 'Fix It' does not run then try to follow the steps in the article.

    When you run an .exe file on a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different program

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505

  2. DORIS LAYTON replied on February 13, 2013: » Resetting the file associations should help with your issue. Open the Control Panel (All Items view) and click on the Default Programs icon.

    Click on the Set your default programs link. In the left column, select (highlight) a listed program that you want to change it's default file associations for.

    To Set All of the Default Associations to the Program - NOTE: This will associate the selected program as the default used by Windows 7 to open all of the file types and protocols that it can open.

    Click on Set this program as default. Click on the Save button to apply.

  3. RUSSELL JACOBY replied on February 15, 2013: » I came across a case where ALL executables were associated with Windows Media Center so cmd, regedit or even set program access and computer default were opened automatically with WMC. A few shortcuts like win + e or ctrl + shift + Esc worked but that's it. I created a new profile, check if the associations were corrupted or not. Fortunately it was not. I deleted the old corrupted profile, transferred user files to the new one.

  4. CARROLL SMITH replied on February 15, 2013: » The problem with this solution is that it doesn't work for most applications. Example: here's what is suggested: Click on the Set your default programs link. In the left column, select (highlight) a listed program"

    But only a few programs are listed, usually obscure Microsoft applications Like "Microsoft Silverlight". My installed applications aren't displayed as possible selections. I can manually journey to my applications and find the one I want, but it's not possible for _MY_ applications to be set as the default. Only the ones that Win7 has suggested are permitted.

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