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13_CBS
2010-02-10, 06:34 PM
So...apparently, my Windows Vista (32 bit, IIRC) suddenly refuses to open .exe programs. :smallsigh: Whenever I try, I get the "Open program with" window that makes me choose what program to open the .exe file with. I managed to open this firefox browser through a roundabout way, but I'd like to be able to get my word processors and stuff open in time for school. Help! :smalleek:

Quincunx
2010-02-10, 06:36 PM
Control Panel -> Default Programs -> Set Associations (it's on the lower right of the start menu as "Default Programs") doesn't have .exe in the list, let alone associated with anything. Did it sneak into that listing somehow?

13_CBS
2010-02-10, 06:49 PM
.exe is not anywhere on the Set Associations list at all. Is this how it's supposed to be?

RandomNPC
2010-02-10, 07:09 PM
thats not a program flaw, thats a windows feature!

on a more serious note, just wait till vista really gets going.

bluewind95
2010-02-10, 07:32 PM
That sounds like some kind of registry issue... are you sure your computer is not infected with a virus?

13_CBS
2010-02-10, 07:33 PM
Problem solved! This little page's registry fixers seem to have solved the problem. (http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.html)

bluewind95
2010-02-10, 07:35 PM
Thought it was the registry. :smalltongue:

It's great that you got to the problem's solution. I'd advise making sure that your computer is running virus-and-other-such-things-free, though. I wonder what caused that issue.