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Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

  1. #190


    Alabama
    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1


    i made a mistake when i was editing my registry file on Windows 8.1 and put the wrong value and now every time i try to use and EXE file it always ask for an association. I cannot do any anything that i know of to change this. I do not have a backup registry file. I cannot go to the command prompt, please advise

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  2. #191


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Taegutom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you able to download and merge the .reg file for the listed .exe option in this tutorial?
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  3. #192


    Posts : 83
    Windows 7 64-bit


    Hey Brink is this working for you in the latest builds? Because I couldn't get it to work in 8.1 but, the method I posted did work for me.
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  4. #193


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Casey,

    Yep, works just fine for me.

    To unassociate .exe files wouldn't help Taegutom. Doing that would leave no association and basically the same error anytime he tried to open or run an executable file.

    If he's not able to merge the .exe .reg file in the tutorial, then a quick system restore (at boot if needed) with a restore point dated before this happened should fix it.
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  5. #194


    Posts : 83
    Windows 7 64-bit


    I may actually be getting my wires crossed again. If I recall correctly, I had the same issue before and after removing the association of .exe in the subkey then setting it to C:\Windows\system32\explorer.exe reset .exe to open correctly but, I may be incorrect. But with the method here not working for me, I turned to Google and found an alternative method. I thought that might've been it which is why I posted it here today. I meant to post it a while ago but, it completely slipped my mind. I know the .exe uses explorer.exe to handle the opening of them but, I believe it's a little more to it than that. I'm gonna need a refresher course lol.
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  6. #195


    Alabama
    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1

    Cannot merge the .reg file


    i got the message Windows cannot find make sure you typed the name correctly and try again. I checked and the typing was correct: Command.Com it will NOT allow any exe or com file to execute

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Taegutom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you able to download and merge the .reg file for the listed .exe option in this tutorial?
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  7. #196


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    That doesn't seem to be consistent to click on the listed .exe link in the tutorial on the first page to download it's .reg, then merge it as per the tutorial.
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  8. #197


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    Thank you thank you! After two hours of playing around with other programs.. your's is the only one that work and easy like within 4 minutes....you guys rock!
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  9. #198


    Is there any sort of or searchable database for third party extensions, such as proprietary extensions only run in specific software?
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  10. #199


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Clark View Post
    Is there any sort of or searchable database for third party extensions, such as proprietary extensions only run in specific software?
    well there is this Alphabetic File Extension List
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