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Opening .exe files in Windows8

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Hi, I am unable to install Mozilla on windows 8.   I ran a reg file that says to unblock files, but after that I then get this message  "The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Pleas install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."  Help!
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by:aadih
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How did you "run" a reg file?  

Use "Merge" instead.
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This is what I did after nothing else worked:

Re: How to Unblock downloaded non Executable(.exe) files in windows 8?
The unblock option is not available with the new windows 8 customer preview version and neither will be available with original windows 8 .
In order to have the unblock option for any kind of file you have to add the unblock files to your registry.


You can do so by following the given steps:
Open the notepad in your computer.
In the note pad add the following
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\powershell]
@="Unblock Files"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\powershell\command]
@="C:\\\\Windows\\\\system32\\\\WindowsPowerShell\ \\\v1.0\\\\powershell.exe Unblock-File -LiteralPath '%L'"

Now save this file with .reg extension.
Now go to the location where you saved the file then double click it.
You are done whenever you right click on any file you will get the option of unblock it.
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Right click the .reg file and select Merge to merge the registry changes to your registry.  Restart.
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Also just right click on that exe and then select run as administrator option from the menu option comes after right clicking.
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by:ctaufa
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That does not come up in Windows 8 (right click on that exe and then select run as administrator option from the menu option comes after right clicking. )
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by:Pradeep Dubey
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It is I'm using windows8  on my lab, and installed many applications using this option.
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ok, when i merge i still get the " "The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Pleas install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."
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I am using Windows 8 pro...sorry
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Open an administrator command prompt (right click cmd and choose run as administrator);
navigate to the place where the .reg file is located (using CD command); and then type:

regedit <file.reg>  where file.reg is the name of your .reg file.
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Ok, instead of saving file and then opening the .exe file, when it was downloading i said to run instead of save.  This will work for the moment.
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I am accepting this because it seems to be a work around.  But in the future I would need to find out why I am unable to open .exe files.
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