You can't open .EXE files in Windows 7 or Windows Vista

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asked Feb 19, 2015 by anonymous

Issue:

You receive errors, or nothing happens when you start an .EXE file in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Also, you may receive messages saying that you have a virus on your computer.

This problem can occur if a virus or other 3rd party application has changed or corrupted some default registry settings.

Solution:

To resolve this issue, you need to reset the registry settings to their default settings. To do this, follow these steps:

 

  1. Go to Start and type regedit in the Search box
  2. Right-click Regedit.exe in the returned list and click Run as administrator
  3. Browse to the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe

  1. With .exe selected, right-click (Default) and click Modify…
  2. Change the Value data: to exefile
  3. Browse to and then click on the following registry key:

 

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile

  1. With exefileselected, right-click (Default) and click Modify…
  2. Change the Value data: to "%1" %*
  3. Browse to and then click on the following registry key:

 

KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open

  1. With openselected, right-click (Default) and click Modify…
  2. Change the Value data: to "%1" %*
  3. Close the Registry Editor.
  4. Restart your computer.

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