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Windows 7 lost all ability to launch applications?

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From a freshly installed version of Windows 7, all of a sudden I am unable to launch applications that are installed in Program Files - when I try, Windows simply opens up Windows Photo Viewer like in ScreenCap1.

When I look at all icons in Start Menu, I see ScreenCap.

What the?

 Launching Application
 Start Menu
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Question by:Flipp
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by:jcimarron
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Flipp--Did you mean to restrict the problem to .exe files in Program Files?
Anyway, this may help
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/59497-can-not-open-exe-files.html
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Flipp--I really should have given you the direct reference, rather than making you go through the reference above.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html
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Sounds like one for this application:
http://www.technibble.com/rkill-repair-tool-of-the-week/
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by:Flipp
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Thank you all for quick reply.

Creating a new User Profile has resolved this issue, so I think I will put this down to a one-off and use time to create new profile. I will award points for all participation.
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by:Flipp
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Thanks again.
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