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.EXE files always open with Notepad or any other application ?

Published: Sep 06, 2005
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Symptom

When you double-click an .EXE file, the program may not launch, instead it may open in Notepad (displaying the .exe contents), or may launch in any other application.

Resolution

Download exefix_xp.com utility and save to Desktop. Double-click the file to run it. This utility fixes the .exe file association in the registry automatically.

Additional tip:  To run the utility silently (without any prompts), use the -silent parameter. Open a Command window (Command.com) and type:

C:\Utilities\exefix_xp.com -silent

Assuming that the exefix_xp.com is placed in the C:\Utilities directory.

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