exe files wont run

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  1. el es dee

    el es dee ...through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

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    any ways to fix this? id really not like to reformat but i will if i have too
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    1. Go onto another computer.
    2. Run "regedit.exe"
    3. Highlight the folder called "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT"
    3. Open the "Edit" menu and run a search for ".exe". Check the "Keys" and the "Match whole string only" checkboxes, and uncheck the "Values" and "Data" checkboxes.
    4. When the search is completed, right-click on the ".exe" folder that it found and choose the "Export" option. Save the file onto the desktop.
    5. Copy the file onto a disk, move it to the computer that isn't working, and double click on the file. Allow the file to merge itself with your computer's registry.
    6. Reboot.

    That should replace the registry entry that tells the computer what to do with ".exe" files, so that they run properly again.
     
  3. el es dee

    el es dee ...through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

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    thx it worked
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Fantabulous. :cool: I figured that one out a few months ago on a blind guess to fix a friend's computer.
     
  5. codemartinet

    codemartinet lucky strikes

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    i wonder what causes the registry entry to change/corrupt?
     
  6. Sexual Vanilla

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    I wonder that myself.
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Could be a virus, could be spyware, who knows. My theory is: the registry is data. All data corrupts if it sits in the same place on the hard drive long enough, especially if the hard drive runs hot. That's one reason to buy a good defragmenter (Norton Speed Disk) and use it often, because defragmenting effectively re-records the data fresh on another part of the hard drive.
     

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