When you run an .exe file on a Windows based computer, the file may start a different program

By | March 3, 2019

Windows Vista and Windows 10:

  1. To open the Task Manager, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.
  2. Click File , press CTRL and click New Task (Run…) at the same time. A command prompt opens.
    Click File , press CTRL and click New Task (Run…)
  3. At the command prompt, type notepad, and then press ENTER.
    At the command prompt, type notepad, and then press ENTER
  4. Paste the following text into Notepad:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWithList]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWithProgids]
    "exefile"=hex(0):
    
  5. On the File menu, click Save as.
    On the File menu, click Save as
  6. Select All Files in the Save as type list, and then type Exe.reg in the File name box.
  7. Select Unicode in the Encoding list. Save it and remember the file location.
    Select Unicode in the Encoding list. Save it and remember the file location.
  8. Return to the Command Prompt window, type REG IMPORT [filepath]Exe.reg, and then press ENTER.
    Return to the Command Prompt window, type REG IMPORT [filepath]Exe.reg, and then press ENTER.

    Note[filepath] is a placeholder which is to input your Exe.reg file location (e.g. C:\Exe.reg).

  9. Click Yes, and then click OK in response to the registry prompts.
  10. Log off from your account. Then, log back onto your account.

Note You may have to restart the computer to restore the program icons to their original appearance.

Note After the problem is resolved, delete the Exe.reg file so that it is not mistakenly added back to the registry at a later date.

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