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PAUL MATUSZAK asked on January 20, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Exe Files Open With Adobe Reader

» i accidentally changed my default thing to adobe reader, how do i turn it back? all my .exe files opens with adobe reader now, System restore doesn't work(adobe reader reads it) i cant uninstall adobe reader, there is no "open with..." on any .exe file options and i tried the default programs thing in control panel and clicked on the protocol etc but i cant find .exe. i cant run any .exe file now coz adobe reader is the default. any help?

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» EXE files allow users to launch programs without needing additional software on the user's computer special software. The exe file is one of the most useful types of files precisely because it runs programs; however, it can be used as a delivery system for viruses or other malicious programs. Viruses(Worm:Win32/Ainslot.A) often reside to .exe files, which are then re-named to resemble common software packages. They can be running in the background, infecting or compromising the computer. It is very important to scan an EXE file before opening it, and you should never open an EXE file if you don't know or trust its source.

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RUBEN GUAJARDO replied on January 24, 2013

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  1. TERRI HARMON replied on January 20, 2013: » Many times ppl face problems while opening .EXE files. The EXE file opens in Notepad. EXE file opens in some other installed programs. Windows displays "Open With" dialog box to choose the program. Windows shows error message, "Windows cannot find .exe file. Make sure you typed the name correctly".

    Most of the times it happens when you accidentally change .Exe file type settings from Folder Options. Sometimes it might happen due to virus. Anyway no need to worry. Here is a solution which will fix this annoying problem:

    1. Open Command Prompt by typing command in RUN dialog box.

    2. Now provide following command:


    3. It'll activate Windows folder. Now provide following command to open Registry Editor: regedit

    4. Now goto following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe

    In right-side pane, change value of Default key to exefile

    5. Now goto: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command

    In right-side pane, change value of Default key to: "%1" %*

    6. Thats it. Now exit Registry Editor and restart your Windows. Now you should be able to open EXE files without any problem.

  2. PAUL HARMON replied on January 21, 2013: » Try either of these two methods:

     Right click the file and choose Run As Administrator. Copy the file and rename if from "Program Name.exe" to "Program"

     Kraj2" wrote in message news:e37dc922-5186-4f22-88ee-71164af88d26...

    >I tried the solution you posted for dealing with the .exe problem but it

    >didn't work because regedit is an exe file and Vista couldn't run it given

    >the problem I have. My system doesn't have any association for .exe

  3. ROBERT PETRASH replied on January 21, 2013: » If it's an uninstallable program like Adobe that is associated with .exe-files, you could uninstall the application that is associated. However when you reinstall the application the problem is back. But when you have uninstalled it, you could run system restore :)

  4. LARRY GAETH replied on January 22, 2013: » These steps fixed my problems but there was actually a bit more to it, after hitting OK below where registered file types are listed there was a "Details for 'EXE' box and in it the dialog stated "Opens with: Notepad! I then had the options to either change what exe opens with or below it there was actually a "restore" button. I simply hit restore and all was good!

  5. SAMARIA JOYNER replied on January 23, 2013: » For anyone who find that all your .EXE files are set to start up with the wrong COMMAND.COM you will find that every executable launches and leaves you at a C:> prompt.  This is particularly bad problem because you can't "open with" or launch any executable like regedit to fix the problem.

    I finally gave up on help from my company IT desk and paid for a Just Answers tech solution.  Very skeptical at first but was desperate for a solution.  The inly solution that worked was using the following as it finally gave me an executable program in which to make the changes.

    It was worth the $ I had to pay for it to have it fixed quickly!!

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