all .exe's are opneing in notepad

When I try to right click on my computer and select properties, notepad opens the file rundll32.exe.
When I go to run -> msconfig or regedit, they both open in notepad.
When I log on to the server, notepad opens the file ctfmon.exe in notepad.
When I try to open internet explorer, the same thing happens, it opens in notepad.

When I try to browse to C:\windows and each location of each file, the same thing happens,
everything opens in notepad.  All exe's open in notepad.

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pcandlerCommented:
Check the registry of the machine with the problem and look to see if there has a key

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

You will need to check the registry remotely from another machine.  Start Regedit and then connect to the machine with the problem.

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pcandlerCommented:
Just found a site that has a fix for this.

Go to
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/exeasso.htm
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
pcandler, thanks, yes there is an entry for the .exe, but for application = reg_sz and the data = notepad.exe

What application do I change it to?  I attached a word document showing all tree entries for that.

Regarding running that file, I already did and it was for XP only, as I ran it, and it didn't fix anything.


exeregistry.doc
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I checked 2 other servers, and none of them have an .exe entry in the above plase where you mentioned.

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

Perhaps that's the wrong place to look in?
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
by running the file from : http://windowsxp.mvps.org/exeasso.htm
That fixed it.  Thank you, that's cooooool.
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pcandlerCommented:
Great to hear, sorry didn't reply I was asleep :).

Somehow you associated exe with Notepad.
As a precaution, scan your server for both spyware and viruses.

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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks, Yes, I scanned it with 3 different virus scanners and nothing, it just found a few cookie spyware, but no real virus.
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