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How to fix .exe file association?

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How to fix .exe file association?

Viruses and Trojans are always interested in your machine more then anything else would be and they would certainly make their most to damage your machine and deteriorate your computing experience. One of the most common issues confronted by many of the computer users is .exe file association. The .exe file association can be fixed by altering your computer’s registry and bringing it to the default structure for .exe files. The process is way too technical and we have tried to elaborate it as much as we can. You are still suggested to take a backup of your registry before acting on the instructions below.

1. StepStart Menu is the haven to all your solutions related to your computer. Click on Start Menu.
Start Menu

2. StepThe .exe file association fix can only be removed by registry editing and you need to open the registry editor for this job. Type “regedit” and you will see the Registry Editing Console on the top of the search result.
Search Result Showing regedit

3. StepThe registry editor has complete registry tree of the computer and features every detail about the your machine registered with the Operating System.
Registry Editor Console

4. StepExand the Computer tree of the registry editor. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT is the section of Registry associated with files and extensions. This defines the default program that will run a specific file extension.
Computer Expanded in Registry Editor's Tree

5. StepExpand the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry tree and you will see a huge number of file extensions listed. Each file extension listed and registered has a default program associated with the execution.

6. StepLocate .exe file extension from the tree. It will have two Strings by default. (Default) and Content Type.
.exe tree expanded

7.Set the values of both the strings as shown below. If the strings do not exist, you can create new strings with the abovesaid names.
(Default) String Edit
Content Type String Edit

8. StepExpand the .exe branch and click on “PersistantHandler” section. It only has one string by default.
.exe branch expanded

9. StepSet the value of string as shown in the screenshot below.
(Default) String Edit

10. StepLocate “exefile” from the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT branch that has three strings by default: (Default), EditFlags and FriendlyTypeName.
exefile screenshot

11. You need to set the values of each string as shown in the screenshots below.
(Default) String Edit
EditFlags String Edit
FriendlyTypeName String Edit

12. Move to the “DefaultIcon” section that has only one sting.
DefaultIcon Branch Expanded

13. The string value should match to that shown in the image that follows.
(Default) String Edit

14. Move to the “Shell” section of the “exefile” branch that has one key by default.
shell branch expanded

15. Make sure that it has no value data given as this is an empty string by default.
(Default) String Edit

16. Move to Open section of the shell section. Make sure it has two strings only: Default and EditFlag.
shell section expanded

17. The (Default) string is empty by default while the following screenshot describes the value of EditFlags.
EditFlags String Edit

18. move to the Command section under the Open section. This too has two strings by default.
Command Section Expanded

19. Following screenshots define the default value of each string under the command section.
(Default) String Edit
IsolatedCommand String Edit

20. After setting the abovementioned to default, move to the runas section where you have two strings by default. The (Default) key has no value by default neither is there any value of string named HasLUAShield.
runas section expanded

21. Expand the runas branch and move to command section. The command section has two strings by default.
Command Section Expanded

22. Set the string values same as they are shown in the image below.
(Default) String Edit
IsolatedCommand String Edit

23. Expand the runasuser section. This section has three strings by default: (Default), Extended and SuppressionPolicyEx. Extended string is empty by default.
runasuser section expanded

24. The following screenshots define the default value of the other two mentioned strings. Make sure that you edit them accordingly.
(Default) String Edit
SuppressionPolicyEx String Edit

25. Expand the command section. It only has one string by default with the name of DelegateExecute.
command branch expanded

26. Make sure that the DelegateExecute string value matches to that of the following screenshot.
DelegateExecute String Edit

27. Expand the shellex section that has only one string (Default) with no string value. Make sure that it has no value and no additional string in the list.
shellex branch expanded

28. Under the shellex branch is ContentMenuHandlers branch that has a (Default) string only.
ContentMenuHandlers branch expanded

29. Make sure that the ContentMenuHandlers branch has the (Default) string value same as the following screenshot.
(Default) String Edit

30. Expand the compatibility branch under teh ContentMenuHandlers section that too has just one key (Default).
Compatibility branch expanded

31. Set the value of (Default) string as the value shown in the following screenshot.
(Default) String Edit

32. Expand the DropHandler section that has just one string: (Default).
DropHandler branch expanded

33. Set the value of (Default) to the value specified in the following screenshot.
(Default) String Edit

34. Next, expand the PropertySheetHandlers section of the Registry editor. It has just one string (Default) the string value of which is nothing.
PropertySheetHandlers Branch Expanded

33. PropertySheetHandlers have three branches the first two of which are empty all the way.
PropertySheetHandlers branch expanded

35. There is just one last string to edit under the ShimLayer Property Page section.
ShimLayer Property Page Expanded

36. Set the value of (Default) string to the value specified in the screenshot below.
(Default) String Edit

Sounds pretty hard to do. We agree. Give your system a restart and if everything worked perfectly, you’ve sorted one of the most chronic diseases of your computer all by yourself. Just in case you need our assistance, we’ll be here to help you out.

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Published: Sunday, June 12th, 2011 Last Modified: June 9, 2011

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