CHRIS STEWART asked on January 20, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
Exe Default Program To Firefox
» I tried to open a file with win rar but accidentally set my default program for all .exe files to firefox. I am unable to use a system restore because of this and do not know how to fix this. Please help.
What you did was set a "file association" and not a "default program" (I assume, because ".exe" isn't consider a type of file that a web browser can run). I don't know how you did it but If the problem is easily fixable, here's how to do it: Click the "Start" pearl > "Default Programs" > "Associate a file type or protocol with a program"
See if ".exe" appears under "Name". If so, highlight it and click "Change Program...". This is where you're on your own. An ".exe" is an executable file ... It's a program! ".exe" doesn't appear under "Name" for my PC. I can't see an option for removing afile association after clicking "Change Program...".
Here's what you might have to do. Using the Registry Editor, you'll have to check a few things. I can tell you the way certain things should be so making any changes to what I see in my registry won't screw up your machine. Regardless (though), a registry backup must be created because any could go wrong.
Actually, create a "Restore Point" also first: "Start" > "Control Panel" > "System" > "System Protection". In the "System Properties" click "Create..." near the bottom-right. Don't click on "System Restore..." (that's what you'll have to do if something goes wrong).
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RUSH SURFACES replied on January 24, 2013
- IAN RILEY replied on January 20, 2013: » Taking your PC to BestBuy is likely to cost you a packet and the outcome might be less than satisfactory.
You can restore your registry files manually to an earlier point by going through the steps outlined below. The process is involved and requires some careful typing. Ask a computer-savvy friend to assist you if you lack experience in this area. Note that it might reset your password to an earlier value.
1. Keep tapping F8 during the early boot phase.
2. Select Repair from the menu that looks like this one:
3. Log on as Administrator if prompted.
4. Select Repair when prompted.
5. Select the Command Prompt from the menu that looks like this one: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-are-the-system-recovery-options-in-Windows-7
6. Identify the correct drive letter for your Windows installation. It could be a drive other than C: but it won't be X:. You do it by typing the commands
until you find the Windows folder.
I will call that drive "Q:".
7. Type these commands:
cd /d Q:\windows\System32\config
xcopy *.* Q:\MyRegBack\
8. Examine the dates of the Software, System and SAM files. Were the files created before or after your problem became apparent?
9. If they were made before the problem became apparent then you can type these commands:
copy /y software ..
copy /y System ..
copy /y Sam ..
(the two dots are part of each command)
10. Reboot normally. If things do not work out then you can backtrack by copying the original registry files from Q:\MyRegBack to Q:\Windows\System32\config.
Note also that time is of the essence. The registry backup file might get overwritten at any time by a newer version.
- CHRIS STEWART replied on January 21, 2013: » My problem is that every single program I have on my computer is currently set to open with Firefox. The only thing that works with Firefox is the Firefox browser itself if i try to open say calculator It attempts to run calculator in Firefox. If I try to change the default program for calculator i have to look through my computer and find where the program is actually installed and run it with itself, but doing that causes every other program to try and run using calculator. There is a box that says do you want to use this program for all files like this, but the box next to it is permanently checked. I am unable to remove the check mark from it. As for messages I only get them when i restart my computer and it opens 10-20 Firefox pages in an attempt to open all the programs that normally start when my computer turns on. If I were able to choose the default programs for each of my programs individually it would just take a matter of time getting them all back in order, but i cant do that and also for programs like system restore that no longer work I cant fix because I am unable to access wherever it is that they are stored. I'm trying to do my best explaining the situation but if you need more clarification on anything ill do my best to get it for you.
- GENE SHAFFER replied on January 21, 2013: » If you look ahead to step 8 of IAN RILEY you will see that the example shows to save in the root of the C drive, but you don't have to, you can save it anywhere you like but you must then specify the path to the file when doing the 'reg import'.
Your query about selecting all files is illustrated by the red circle with the digit 2 inside it at step 7 (for the Save As type box).
- BRYCE SIMMS replied on January 22, 2013: » Thank You SO Much this worked perfectly.
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