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Issues with opening Regedit, Error: "Specified File Path does not exist", but the file does exist in the Windows Folder

I am unable to install certain programs or open Regedit and the error message box that appears usually says "the specified path does not exist". I can however navigate to the directory the file is pointing to and I can see the file is present. Even while in a program directory when I double click on the programs .exe file I still get this message "the specified path does not exist" Any ideas as to why this could happen and more importantly how do I fix it?

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This could be a problem with viruses/trojans/spyware or other malware. Some free online virus scanners:



superfly18, any feedback?
superfly18Author Commented:
Already tried that, it doesnot seem to work. It seems to file associations issue, but not to sure how to fix it.

There are a number of viruses that mess up the Registry data for running executable (.exe) files, so this can cause nothing to happen when you double click an .exe file in My Computer or try to execute one by putting the name in the Run dialog box off the Start Menu.  Viruses can also corrupt the registry data for .lnk files (shortcuts) so that clicking on them doesn't work.  Various authors have come up with .reg (Registry) files to restore the proper contents.

For Windows XP, you can find one this way: go to the following page and click on the link for item number 12, "EXE Fix for Windows XP" (and next to it in the same row of the table is the fix for .lnk files):


You would need to download the .reg file to someplace convenient where you can access it, such as your Desktop, then double click it to merge the contents into the Registry and reboot the computer.

If double-clicking it doesn't work, try renaming regedit.exe to regedit.com and see if you can do it that way.

And if THAT doesn't work, try this tip from the following page:


 If your EXE file associations are corrupted, it can be difficult to open REGEDIT, or to even import REG files.  To work around this, press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager.  Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run).  This will open a Command Prompt window.  Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter.
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