My .exe files are being opened in notepad...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by shinryuu, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. shinryuu

    shinryuu Guest

    somehow they are now set to open in notepad, and i can't find out how to
    change the .exe files to open as executables. help would be greatly
    shinryuu, Nov 1, 2007
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    shinryuu Guest

    i have managed to run the programs again by setting them to open with
    runxx... but now icons have disappeared... not as bad, but still annoying...
    aby ideas on how to solve this?
    shinryuu, Nov 1, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Have you tried system restore yet? This is precisely why it exists, to
    resolve issues and changes not easily undone.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 1, 2007
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    mayayana Guest

    You might try comparing the Registry setting with
    someone else's. It's likely that there should be
    something like:


    with a default value of: %1

    ( If you look under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT you'll
    see keys for all registered file extensions. Under
    the .exe key will be a default value that points
    to another HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT subkey that's
    named for the name being used for that file type.
    So, for instance, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt probably
    leadss to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile, under which
    will be keys telling Explorer how to handle that
    particular file type. The default program is under
    There's often a DefaultIcon key. Etc. )

    I would hope that Vista is not so bad that a
    messed up EXE association requires a System Restore.
    mayayana, Nov 1, 2007
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    bomb#20 Guest

    Create a new blank text document.
    Copy and paste the following into it :

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    @="\"%1\" %*"
    "IsolatedCommand"="\"%1\" %*"

    Save the text document and change extension from .TXT to .REG
    Right-click new REG document and select ' Merge '.

    Good luck!
    bomb#20, Nov 1, 2007
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