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I cannot open EXE files in XP (Registery Problem)

Registry Fix Method


Editing the System Registry can have seriously affect your system. Make no changes to the System Registry without having a complete backup of important files and only after setting a System Restore Point.

If you don't know how to back up the registry, please read the discussion here...

There are several System Registry changes that need to be made. You can edit the registry directly yourself, changing the various entries manually. Or, you can use cut and paste from this page. FILExt discourages manually editing the registry as that is prone to error. Use the download links to get the .REG file for the proper fix and the text on this page as the check to make certain you got the right one (you can open a .REG file in a text editor). Once you have the .REG file stored on your system see below for how to use it.
[Note: Be certain to save the .REG file on the computer where the problem is and not on some mapped network drive.]
Be careful. Be certain you have the proper version of the Registry editor for the operating system version you are running.
Step 1: Download or create the proper .REG file from the information below.
Windows XP
Here are the System Registry changes that need to be made for Windows XP to properly recognize .EXE files (watch out for line wrap on the longer lines...or, as an alternate, download the WinXP_EXE_Fix.reg file (right click on the link and choose the "save as" option in IE or "Save Link As" option in Firefox), and then save it to disk.

open it it will ask you for a FIx , click ok , then again ok .

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"






@="\"%1\" %*"


@="\"%1\" %*"






[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]

Finally, now check .EXE files .. walahhhhhh! ... WORKS 100%

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