File association problem - All exe files open to internet explore and all desktop icons changes to the IE logo

Windows server 2008 r2.

All of the desktop icons have changed to IE. Any exe files now open to IE.  
During install if an application (Cisco ASDM), which needed Java, I downloaded Java and ran the install. Then I completed the ASDM install, and clicked on the icon to start it, a error message appeared stating it could not find the link file to the file "Javaw.exe". Click browse to search. I did and it found one in downloads and asked if I wanted to fix the link. I clicked okay. What happened is that it changed the link (file association) for all exe files on the system.

Now any icon or exe file I click on opens the Internet Explore Downloads folder. I can't even open the registry editor, as it opens IE downloads instead. All of my desktop icons now have the IE logo instead of their registered program logos. This problem doesn't happen when logged in with another account. Unfortunately, this happened to the administrators account. I wish I could run system restore.

Can you help me fix this please?
royatntsAsked:
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JAN PAKULAICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
You need to delete the UserChoice key above using a REG file or a script. Download exefix_cu.reg, and save it to Desktop. Right-click on the REG file and choose Merge.

or alternatively run that fix it

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/950505
exefix-cu.reg
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jekautzCommented:
This just happened to me today with Javaw.exe.  I found the same link that Jan provided and it worked for me.  Though this fixed the computer from trying to run all executables as javaw.exe, it did not fix the program that relies on javaw.exe.  

You may have to clear your icon cache after the update if the icons don't bounce back to their original self.  If you need to do this, follow Option 2 on this site: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/49819-icon-cache-rebuild.html
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royatntsAuthor Commented:
Okay, I checked it out. The kb article that Jan referenced doesn't apply to Windows Server 2008 R2. I doubt the registries are the same as vista or win 7.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
the registry entries are the same  WS2K8R2 is based on Windows 7
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jekautzCommented:
Along with David's comment, you may want to view the registry side-by-side with the .reg fix if you had any doubts.
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royatntsAuthor Commented:
I'll try this tomorrow.  I presume I have to do this fix within the account that is affected. I can't run IE or the Registry editor in that account.  I'll download the fix- it with another account, paste that download to the affected desktop, login to the affected account and try to merge?
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jekautzCommented:
Any file association, but .exe should work.  Including, .bat and.com files.  One trick I used to get around before I understood what was going on was that I copied cmd.exe to cmd.com and was able to get into a cmd prompt.

You will need to run the fix on the effected profile. You can also export the portion of the registry that will be affected before you run the fix as a backup.
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royatntsAuthor Commented:
That worked! Great job. Thanks guys.

I did use the Vista / Win 7 procedure (notepad steps) for the merge proceedure. Then again (option 2) for the delete IconCache.db, however the command to kill process explore.exe got the error "File not found". So I simply opened task manager and did the end process for Explore.exe. The desktop went blank, but the cmd window stayed open allowing me to finish.

Before I tag this as solved, how do you want me to allocate/assign the points?
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JAN PAKULAICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
Up to you☺
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