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On my girlfriends computer every .EXE file is now associated with windows media player. No matter which program you try to run it opens media player thinking that file is a valid media player format.

This happened when there was a .mpg file which wmp (windows media player) did not recognize. everytime it was double clicked on it would change it's name from "file.mpg" to "file.mpg.exe". This was annoying. So what I did was I renamed it back to "file.mpg" Shift+Right clicked and chose "open with.." wmp, 'always use this program to open files of this type' it then renamed "file.mpg" back to "file.mpg.exe" and this is the situation I find myself in with my girlfriend's dad mad at me. Any help AT ALL would be greatly appreciated.
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REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
@="exefile"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
"EditFlags"=hex:d8,07,00,00
@="Application"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
@=""
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}]
@=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
@="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
@="%1"

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1.From any of the folder windows windows, select folder option and click on the file type tab.
2. Search for the the extension type with the name of exe.
3. Remove it.
4. Now to reassociate exe file, you need to paste the following text into a text file by using a notepad. While saving the file select all file and save as exe.reg.
5. Double click the file the update te registry.
6. Reboot fro the changes to take effect.


Regards
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by:tawfiqm
ID: 6339552
ok try this,
open my computer and then click on 'view' or 'tools' menu to choose 'folder option choice' then choose file types from tab menu here you find all file types and it's associated file.
so you can look for exe file extension and remove the associated to windows media player.
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by:kahlean
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tawfgim, please read the tips on comment and answer below  before proposing an answer here.
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by:perrupa
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Thank you so much, I want to bear your children
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by:perrupa
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Thank you so much, I want to bear your children

However I'm not an expert in regedit so a little more instruction would've helped
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by:kahlean
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no problem perrupa, gladi could offer some help here.

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