In troubleshooting a separate matter related to file icons and extensions, I right clicked a .exe icon on the desktop and set to open with cmd.exe. This was not what I wanted to do.

Then, all my .exe files were launching cmd.exe but from the file path in which the .exe icons were located.

Nonetheless, how do I undo this error? I right click a .exe icon on desktop and I don't see a open with menu item. I read that it involves a registry edit but and I came upon registry fixes but I want to know how this works conceptually and what keys should be altered to undo the error I made.

Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

  • In Win7 I have "standard programs" in the start menu, which leads to "control panel - programs - standard programs". Is cmd.exe in this list? – IQV Mar 31 '17 at 6:40
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    Check this – Xaqron Mar 31 '17 at 7:02

You need to go to registry at


And remove cmd.exe from there. The entries for .exe should be blank.

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