windows 7 .exe files opening with adobe reader

after updrading from windows vista 64 to windows 7 64bit  and adobe reader, all the .exe files are opening with adobe reader and displaying and error... not even the windows files are please help me in overcoming this issue and also provide the possible solutions
Hi manoj84,

Welcome to Microsoft Answers community.
Many times windows face problems while opening .EXE files.

• The EXE file opens in Notepad.
• EXE file opens in some other installed programs.
• Windows displays "Open With" dialog box to choose the program.
• Windows shows error message, "Windows cannot find .exe file. Make sure you typed the name correctly".
• Most of the times it happens when you accidentally change .Exe file type settings from Folder Options. Sometimes it might happen due to virus.

Anyway no need to worry. Here is a solution which will fix this annoying problem:

1. Open Command Prompt by typing command in RUN dialog box.
2. Now provide following command:


3. It'll activate Windows folder. Now provide following command to open Registry Editor:


4. Now goto following key:

In right-side pane, change value of Default key to exefile

5. Now goto:

In right-side pane, change value of Default key to:
"%1" %*

6. Thats it. Now exit Registry Editor and restart your Windows. Now you should be able to open EXE files without any problem.

For more information visit the below links:
Hope this information is helpful.
Let me know if this worked.
Thanks and Regards:
Umesh P - Microsoft Support

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Last updated October 19, 2020 Views 45,858 Applies to: