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I opened .exe file in internet explorer by mistake after that i am not able to open any exe files, all files are open in internet explorer. The .exe association is corrupted. Please help me to resolve this issue.

Thanks,

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  • this needs to go on SuperUser and, thats kindda funny!! not that you probably think so at the moment. May 25, 2010 at 4:33
  • ask this here superuser.com
    – NLV
    May 25, 2010 at 4:35

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try this Restore the .exe file association in Windows Vista, after incorrectly associating it with another application

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  • Good link but some more explanation about what it does would be good.
    – Sim
    May 25, 2010 at 4:39
  • @Sim: You noted that 'the .exe association is corrupted' and the title of the linked article is 'Restore the .exe file association in Windows Vista...' - it also applies to win 7 May 25, 2010 at 4:44
  • +1 for a good link -1 for not bothering to tell what the link points to. (I added a link description)
    – Nifle
    May 25, 2010 at 7:36
  • This does not always work. I'm seeing a case where creating a new user profile does not solve the problem although it should as we are fixing HKEY_CURRENT_USER. I'm going a little crazy right now. Microsoft offers this: support.microsoft.com/kb/950505#LetMeFixItMyselfAlways which is more extensive but also not helping.
    – simbabque
    Jun 14, 2014 at 15:05
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You need to delete this key in the registry (with regedit.exe) in order to make Windows forget the bad file association choice:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\FileExts\\.exe\\UserChoice

as you can see in the link of loviji's answer.

In general, you delete the key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\FileExts\\.xyz\UserChoice

where you replace .xyz with either .exe, .bat, .cmd, .com, .lnk, or anything else you need.

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