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Posted on 2011-04-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
After a Vista Anti-Virus attack, my Sony Vaio will not run programs.  It pops up a window titled "OPEN WITH".

The Vista Anti-Virus seems to be gone, but I think the registry is messed up.

It give me the options " RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS" of Internet Explorer or Adobe Reader.

If I am trying to run any program.  The programs do not just execute.
Question by:PETER-HAWAII
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For Vista ONLY to fix the .EXE file association cut and paste everything below the line into Notepad and create a text file called fixexe.reg
Then double-click on it to import into the registry.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"






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by:John Hurst
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You can try a couple of things:

(a) Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW . This fixes protected system files and may fix your issue.

(b) You can try running a Vista Repair with your install CD, but DO backup first.

If both (a) and (b) fail, you are most likely looking at backing up and re-installing Vista.

... Thinkpads_User

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The regedit could not import the file, but by comparing the registry keys listed, I found the key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command  Default had a different entry from that of another Vista machine.   I changed it to "%1" %", and the problem went away.  
There are other minor problems, but I can run most programs.
Thanks for the help.

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