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  • EXE file association

    I have by mistake changed the association of exe file to acrobat reader. Now i cannot execute any exe . How can revert back ?

  • #2
    Re: EXE file association

    How did you manage that??

    This fix is for XP.

    Save the following into a .reg file and double click to run.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @="exefile"
    "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
    @="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
    @="Application"
    "EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
    "TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
    "InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
    @="%1"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
    "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
    @="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PEAnalyser]
    @="{09A63660-16F9-11d0-B1DF-004F56001CA7}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
    @="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
    @="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"
    This fix is for Win 98.

    Code:
    REGEDIT4
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @="exefile"
    "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
    @="Application"
    "EditFlags"=hex:d8,07,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]
    @=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
    @=""
    "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}]<br>
    @=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
    @="%1"

    Please note that this is NOT my fix. It was located on the net using Google. As such i have never tried it and cannot guarantee it works.

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    • #3
      Re: EXE file association

      Thanks,
      actually i tried that solution but did not work.
      But i found the solution.
      From folder option , i tried adding exe extension, as i add it shows that i can change it to default type, which i did and it worked.

      Sushil

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      • #4
        Re: EXE file association

        Just fell on this post and thought i'd share a batch I found about 6 months ago which works very well at restoring all DEFAULT file associations.

        Batch file found at http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_easy_file.htm

        Code:
        REM Restore Default File Associations for Windows XP.
        REM Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
        REM This BAT file restores the Default associations that XP ships with
        REM It does not restore associations created by 3rd party applications.
        
        Echo Restoring Default File Associations
        
        assoc.323=h323file
        assoc.386=vxdfile
        assoc.aca=Agent.Character.2
        assoc.acf=Agent.Character.2
        assoc.acs=Agent.Character2.2
        assoc.acw=acwfile
        assoc.ai=
        assoc.aif=AIFFFile
        assoc.aifc=AIFFFile
        assoc.aiff=AIFFFile
        assoc.ani=anifile
        assoc.aps=
        assoc.asa=aspfile
        assoc.ascx=
        assoc.asf=ASFFile
        assoc.asm=
        assoc.asmx=
        assoc.asp=aspfile
        assoc.aspx=
        assoc.asx=ASXFile
        assoc.au=AUFile
        assoc.AudioCD=AudioCD
        assoc.avi=avifile
        assoc.bat=batfile
        assoc.bfc=Briefcase
        assoc.bin=
        assoc.bkf=msbackupfile
        assoc.blg=PerfFile
        assoc.bmp=Paint.Picture
        assoc.bsc=
        assoc.c=
        assoc.cab=CLSID\{0CD7A5C0-9F37-11CE-AE65-08002B2E1262}
        assoc.cat=CATFile
        assoc.cda=CDAFile
        assoc.cdf=ChannelFile
        assoc.cdx=aspfile
        assoc.cer=CERFile
        assoc.cgm=
        assoc.chk=chkfile
        assoc.chm=chm.file
        assoc.clp=clpfile
        assoc.cmd=cmdfile
        assoc.cnf=ConferenceLink
        assoc.com=comfile
        assoc.cpl=cplfile
        assoc.cpp=
        assoc.crl=CRLFile
        assoc.crt=CERFile
        assoc.css=CSSfile
        assoc.csv=
        assoc.CTT=MessengerContactList
        assoc.cur=curfile
        assoc.cxx=
        assoc.dat=
        assoc.db=dbfile
        assoc.dbg=
        assoc.dct=
        assoc.def=
        assoc.der=CERFile
        assoc.DeskLink=CLSID\{9E56BE61-C50F-11CF-9A2C-00A0C90A90CE}
        assoc.dib=Paint.Picture
        assoc.dic=
        assoc.diz=
        assoc.dll=dllfile
        assoc.dl_=
        assoc.doc=WordPad.Document.1
        assoc.dos=
        assoc.dot=
        assoc.drv=drvfile
        assoc.dsn=MSDASQL
        assoc.dun=dunfile
        assoc.DVD=DVD
        assoc.emf=emffile
        assoc.eml=Microsoft Internet Mail Message
        assoc.eps=
        assoc.exe=exefile
        assoc.exp=
        assoc.ex_=
        assoc.eyb=
        assoc.fif=
        assoc.fnd=fndfile
        assoc.fnt=
        assoc.Folder=Folder
        assoc.fon=fonfile
        assoc.ghi=
        assoc.gif=giffile
        assoc.grp=MSProgramGroup
        assoc.gz=
        assoc.h=
        assoc.hhc=
        assoc.hlp=hlpfile
        assoc.hpp=
        assoc.hqx=
        assoc.ht=htfile
        assoc.hta=htafile
        assoc.htc=
        assoc.htm=htmlfile
        assoc.html=htmlfile
        assoc.htt=HTTfile
        assoc.htw=
        assoc.htx=
        assoc.hxx=
        assoc.icc=icmfile
        assoc.icm=icmfile
        assoc.ico=icofile
        assoc.idb=
        assoc.idl=
        assoc.idq=
        assoc.iii=iiifile
        assoc.ilk=
        assoc.imc=
        assoc.inc=
        assoc.inf=inffile
        assoc.ini=inifile
        assoc.ins=x-internet-signup
        assoc.inv=
        assoc.inx=
        assoc.in_=
        assoc.isp=x-internet-signup
        assoc.its=ITS File
        assoc.IVF=IVFFile
        assoc.java=
        assoc.jbf=
        assoc.jfif=pjpegfile
        assoc.job=JobObject
        assoc.jod=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0
        assoc.jpe=jpegfile
        assoc.jpeg=jpegfile
        assoc.jpg=jpegfile
        assoc.JS=JSFile
        assoc.JSE=JSEFile
        assoc.latex=
        assoc.lib=
        assoc.lnk=lnkfile
        assoc.local=
        assoc.log=txtfile
        assoc.lwv=LWVFile
        assoc.m14=
        assoc.m1v=mpegfile
        assoc.m3u=m3ufile
        assoc.man=
        assoc.manifest=
        assoc.MAPIMail=CLSID\{9E56BE60-C50F-11CF-9A2C-00A0C90A90CE}
        assoc.mdb=
        assoc.mht=mhtmlfile
        assoc.mhtml=mhtmlfile
        assoc.mid=midfile
        assoc.midi=midfile
        assoc.mmf=
        assoc.mmm=MPlayer
        assoc.mov=
        assoc.movie=
        assoc.mp2=mpegfile
        assoc.mp2v=mpegfile
        assoc.mp3=mp3file
        assoc.mpa=mpegfile
        assoc.mpe=mpegfile
        assoc.mpeg=mpegfile
        assoc.mpg=mpegfile
        assoc.mpv2=mpegfile
        assoc.msc=MSCFile
        assoc.msg=
        assoc.msi=Msi.Package
        assoc.msp=Msi.Patch
        assoc.MsRcIncident=MsRcIncident
        assoc.msstyles=msstylesfile
        assoc.MSWMM=Windows.Movie.Maker
        assoc.mv=
        assoc.mydocs=CLSID\{ECF03A32-103D-11d2-854D-006008059367}
        assoc.ncb=
        assoc.nfo=MSInfo.Document
        assoc.nls=
        assoc.NMW=T126_Whiteboard
        assoc.nsc=
        assoc.nvr=
        assoc.nws=Microsoft Internet News Message
        assoc.obj=
        assoc.ocx=ocxfile
        assoc.oc_=
        assoc.odc=
        assoc.otf=otffile
        assoc.p10=P10File
        assoc.p12=PFXFile
        assoc.p7b=SPCFile
        assoc.p7c=certificate_wab_auto_file
        assoc.p7m=P7MFile
        assoc.p7r=SPCFile
        assoc.p7s=P7SFile
        assoc.pbk=pbkfile
        assoc.pch=
        assoc.pdb=
        assoc.pds=
        assoc.pfm=pfmfile
        assoc.pfx=PFXFile
        assoc.php3=
        assoc.pic=
        assoc.pif=piffile
        assoc.pko=PKOFile
        assoc.pl=
        assoc.plg=
        assoc.pma=PerfFile
        assoc.pmc=PerfFile
        assoc.pml=PerfFile
        assoc.pmr=PerfFile
        assoc.pmw=PerfFile
        assoc.pnf=pnffile
        assoc.png=pngfile
        assoc.pot=
        assoc.pps=
        assoc.ppt=
        assoc.prf=prffile
        assoc.ps=
        assoc.psd=
        assoc.psw=PSWFile
        assoc.qds=SavedDsQuery
        assoc.rat=ratfile
        assoc.rc=
        assoc.RDP=RDP.File
        assoc.reg=regfile
        assoc.res=
        assoc.rle=
        assoc.rmi=midfile
        assoc.rnk=rnkfile
        assoc.rpc=
        assoc.rsp=
        assoc.rtf=rtffile
        assoc.sam=
        assoc.sbr=
        assoc.sc2=
        assoc.scf=SHCmdFile
        assoc.scp=txtfile
        assoc.scr=scrfile
        assoc.sct=scriptletfile
        assoc.sdb=appfixfile
        assoc.sed=
        assoc.shb=DocShortcut
        assoc.shs=ShellScrap
        assoc.shtml=
        assoc.shw=
        assoc.sit=
        assoc.snd=AUFile
        assoc.spc=SPCFile
        assoc.spl=ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash
        assoc.sql=
        assoc.sr_=
        assoc.sst=CertificateStoreFile
        assoc.stl=STLFile
        assoc.stm=
        assoc.swf=ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash
        assoc.sym=
        assoc.sys=sysfile
        assoc.sy_=
        assoc.tar=
        assoc.text=
        assoc.tgz=
        assoc.theme=themefile
        assoc.tif=TIFImage.Document
        assoc.tiff=TIFImage.Document
        assoc.tlb=
        assoc.tsp=
        assoc.tsv=
        assoc.ttc=ttcfile
        assoc.ttf=ttffile
        assoc.txt=txtfile
        assoc.UDL=MSDASC
        assoc.uls=ulsfile
        assoc.URL=InternetShortcut
        assoc.VBE=VBEFile
        assoc.vbs=VBSFile
        assoc.vbx=
        assoc.vcf=vcard_wab_auto_file
        assoc.vxd=vxdfile
        assoc.wab=wab_auto_file
        assoc.wav=soundrec
        assoc.wax=WAXFile
        assoc.wb2=
        assoc.webpnp=webpnpFile
        assoc.WHT=Whiteboard
        assoc.wk4=
        assoc.wll=
        assoc.wlt=
        assoc.wm=ASFFile
        assoc.wma=WMAFile
        assoc.wmd=WMDFile
        assoc.wmf=wmffile
        assoc.wmp=WMPFile
        assoc.wms=WMSFile
        assoc.wmv=WMVFile
        assoc.wmx=ASXFile
        assoc.wmz=WMZFile
        assoc.wpd=
        assoc.wpg=
        assoc.wri=wrifile
        assoc.wsc=scriptletfile
        assoc.WSF=WSFFile
        assoc.WSH=WSHFile
        assoc.wsz=
        assoc.wtx=txtfile
        assoc.wvx=WVXFile
        assoc.x=
        assoc.xbm=
        assoc.xix=
        assoc.xlb=
        assoc.xlc=
        assoc.xls=
        assoc.xlt=
        assoc.xml=xmlfile
        assoc.xsl=xslfile
        assoc.z=
        assoc.z96=
        assoc.zap=zapfile
        assoc.ZFSendToTarget=CLSID\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062}
        assoc.zip=CompressedFolder
        
        Echo Default File Associations Restored
        Simply copy and paste the text into a text file and save it as fileext.bat.

        I believe this only works on WinXP!

        Hope this helps someone.

        Cheers

        Dean

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