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exe file only opens with Windows Photo Viewer

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    exe file only opens with Windows Photo Viewer


    Trying to open an exe. file and it opens photo viewer. Tried the file extension default tutorial and that did not help. Any ideas on how to resolve?

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    Hello copiman,

    Did you download and merge the .reg file the .exe option in the tutorial, then restarted the computer afterwards to apply?

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    If so, then you could do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happened to hopefully fix it.

    System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8
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    I did the .reg file for .exe and merged per the instructions. Did not make a difference. Also tried restore points and my restores fail. Got some issues there. I have however downloaded an .exe file (Malwarebytes) and it executed just fine. The .exe file that keeps opening in Photo Viewer is the Crucial System Scanner download from Crucial.com. Ran the Crucial .exe on another computer and it ran fine. Leave it to me to have weird issues.
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    Odd. Do you have this issue with any other .exe file? Ex: Notepad, Wordpad, etc....
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    Notepad and Wordpad both open just fine. Maybe it does not like the Crucial scanner .exe. Not that this is urgent, but I would like to find the reason why. College student in computers and networks.
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    In that case, it's not an association issue with .exe files.

    You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling Crucial Scanner may help.
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    Uninstalling and reinstalling did not work. I did however run sfc /scannow after googling. I have corrupt files that sfc cannot fix. I ran it 3X. Could be my problem. Not sure how to fix them though. Will search to find out.
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    You could see if the items listed in the blue note box in OPTION TWO below may be able to help allow SFC to repair the files afterwards.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8

    If you like, post your sfcdetails.txt file to see what system files were found to be corrupt.
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    I have the sfcdetails.txt but not sure on how to post it.
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    sfcdetails.txt


    Figured it out. Here is the sfcdetails.txt file
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