restore exe file type associations

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    Tim Amadon

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    all my exe files are associated with firefox as their file type. how do i get them back to to defaults
     
    Tim Amadon, Dec 18, 2016
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    Welcome to the forums, Tim.

    Running this reg file attachment (then rebooting), should fix your problem :). Just unzip the attachment then run and apply the reg fix.
     

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    Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
    To resolve this problem, reset the registry subkey for the file association of the .exe file back to the default setting. To do this, follow these steps:

    Windows Vista and Windows 7:

    To open the Task Manager, press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.
    Click File , press CTRL and click New Task (Run…) at the same time. A command prompt opens.

    At the command prompt, type notepad, and then press ENTER.

    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):

    On the File menu, click Save as.

    Select All Files in the Save as type list, and then type Exe.reg in the File name box.
    Select Unicode in the Encoding list. Save it and remember the file location.

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

    Ethan Stark
     
    Ethan Stark, Jun 19, 2017
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