All exe files open in the same program problem

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Toothpyx, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. Toothpyx

    Toothpyx Guest

    i have a problem in windows xp where all my programs open up in same program

    how i did it was that i had uninstalled a program but the shotcut was still in my start menu. After i reinstalled the program, the shortcut was still not working, so i right clicked it, went into properties, and clicked the change button beside "opens with:". whatever program i change it to opens up whenever i open up and exe file.

    system restore is an exe file

    please help
    thanks
     
  2. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    huh?????? i dont get it....
     
  3. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    Hi Toothpyx

    welcome to XP-erience

    not to sure if this is gonna work
    worth a try

    open my computer / Tools / Folder Options / file types.

    scroll down to the programs icon (the one that caused the problem)

    highlight & click advanced

    look through the options see if theres a way to undo it

    :cool:
     
  4. Toothpyx

    Toothpyx Guest

    well thanks anyways
    it doesn't solve my problem though b/c there isn't an exe icon there
     
  5. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    if cant find a solution it may be worth doing a repair install

    boot from the CD
    Enter - to begin setup
    F8 - I agree
    R - repair install

    :cool:
     
  6. yoyo

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    Are you really sure you changed the behaviour of exe-files? Since you still have a startmenu and can look into folderoptions at least explorer.exe is still working. Maybe you only changed the associations of shortcuts (link-files). Can you open any programs if you directly doubleclick them in the program files folder or by typing the name in the run-dialogue? (Press Win-key and r to open it.)
     
  7. Toothpyx

    Toothpyx Guest

    yup i changed the behaviour of exe-files
    double clicking exe files open the same program

    as for doing repair
    i can't begin setup because it is an exe file
     
  8. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    the best solution to every problem:
    format C:\
     
  9. yoyo

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    Did you try the run-dialogue? Press Windows-key+R and type notepad or winword or something and click OK. The way you described what you have done I cannot see how you could have changed the behaviour of exe-files from the startmenu. There are programfolders and links in it, no exe. Perhaps you could describe once more what exactly you have done. Seems I don't have an "open with" option in the properties of either shortcuts nor applications. Other questions what options do you get if you rightclick an exe-file, which program opens and are you on another computer now or how do you open your browser?
     
  10. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    huh :confused:

    if you boot from the cd your installed XP is bypassed & has no effect on booting from the cd

    it will work


    :p
     
  11. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Are you talking about exe files or the shortcuts to the exe files? If it is the shorcuts try making new one & see if that does it. If so you will possibly have to do it to the entire start menu. Find an exe in windows explorer/program files, right click on it & create a shorcut from there.
     
  12. vdubVR6

    vdubVR6 Guest

    I did something like that along time ago:(....I went and told windows to always open (can't remember the program) ? with netscape. And then nothing would work!! all my programs would try to launch in netscape. Unfortunatly me and my bud couldn't find a solution. But I would try to right click on any program and try to fool it into opening w/ something else!
     
  13. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    I got a virus once that did this to me it really sucked. I think the virus was called bleblah or something like that. I had to reinstall to get the file assosiation put back.

    Try running this http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/security/fix_blebla.com
    It it Trend Micro fix for Bleblah, part of the fix is reseting .exe file associations.