.exe problem in one account

hi,
i need help with finding out why only one account in xp is not opening ANY .exe files.  the other two accounts in the computer are fine.  thanks
twobeaglegirlsAsked:
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TonypeswaniCommented:
Check the permission on that account it must be allow full access.
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LHT_STCommented:
as above, i would guess at a permissions issue. if it were all accounts it would point to the registry but this may indicate the user account is not allowed to run the .exe files
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Dave4125Commented:
What happens when trying to launch a program? Does it prompt you for credentials or to choose an appropriate program to open it?
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twobeaglegirlsAuthor Commented:
it forgot to mention that it DOES ask what program to open the program in.  it also asks the same question if i try to access cmd, regedit, msconfig.  it seems anything i want to do, it wants to know what program to open with.  i have set permissions to all ow this user full control, but nothing is working.  thank you for your hlep.
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torimarCommented:
Download autoruns from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902

Run it and check the tab "Image Hijacks". Are there any entries for "HKLM\Software\Classes\.exe"? There shouldn't be, so if there are, delete them. Then reboot and try again.            

Afterwards, run a full scan with Malwarebyte's Antimalware scanner: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
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torimarCommented:
Sorry, need to be: "HKCU\Software\Classes\.exe"            

But either keys should be empty anyhow.      
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sam0x01Commented:
Sounds likely to be user profile dependent unless it is common for users to play with permissions on the the system. I would suggest backup required data in the user profile and remove it, and when the user logs back in it will create a new one.
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greyknight17Commented:
It looks like the profile is corrupted. You can try repairing the file association for exe files to see if it helps. Download this .reg file and save it to your desktop. Double click on it to run it. Click OK/Yes to merge the changes to the registry.
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twobeaglegirlsAuthor Commented:
I would like to thank all of you for your help and interest.  this solution worked perfectly!!!!!
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torimarCommented:
twobeaglegirls,

I posted a similar regfile solution in your other thread about this topic (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_26931564.html ), and my comment was about 12 hours earlier than the one you selected as solution here.

Did you not see my post in that other thread? I wonder why else you didn't try my solution first.
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