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I cannot run .exe files on a Windows 2003 server

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Hi I have searched around and tried the tips that I found with no luck. I cannot run any .exe files it tells me for example when I try to install the Windows update agent that "Windows Cannot find'C:\wuagent\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again....." I have tried:

-Right clicking | going to properties | then uncheck the block item which goes away
-I have checked my registry for.exe file association

I still cannot open any .exe files. Please help.
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Question by:Thomas N
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by:exx1976
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A rogue GPO could be preventing .exe's from executing..  What account are you logging on with?  Is the machine just a member server or is it a DC?
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by:waynewilliams
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I know this sounds strange but please try it as it worked for me when I had the same problem.

Go to control panel>add/remove programs then add/remove windows components. Now untick "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration".  

Reboot the server and try again.
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by:nixgibs
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are you trying to open the files from an RDP session?

if it is so try to open the file directly on the server to check if you have the same problem
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by:Thomas N
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-I am logged in as a Domain admin on a member server
-I removed the internet explorer enhanced security configuration but I havent tried the reboot. I will try it shortly.
-I do not have direct access to this server- It is in a different city. What would directly logging in solve? If I was able to do it directly logged in, what would that tell me? Thanks
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by:xStanley007
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Please check this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555067
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by:Thomas N
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thanks xStanley007 but I have already tried this. I re associated the .exe in the registry. Nothing was changed in it though.
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by:nixgibs
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i have this issue only when i connect to the server per RDP.

i have no resolution but a workaround: when you try to open the .exe in the commandpromt it should work
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by:waynewilliams
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If you reboot the server this issue should go away.  I swear I have had this so many time with 2003 R2 and it is caused by Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.  Just unticking it isnt enough.  It needs a reboot as well.
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by:ChiefIT
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Yah, WayneWilliams is right:

Here is an example of Wayne and I think you are running into:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_23351830.html
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Hi thomastxiee,

Your windows may be infected by SirCam worm. Try cleaning it with this tool:
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/FixSirc.com
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by:xStanley007
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If above suggestions fail, try rename "regedit.exe" to "regedit.com", run it then import the key from "EXE.txt" I have attached.

EXE.txt
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by:waynewilliams
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So were you infected with a virus or was it the IE Enhanced security?
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by:roycasella
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Same Issue with me...
Removed IE Enhanced and exe's now run..
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