Cannot open .exe files in Windows XP machine.

Original Title: Registry Problems.

Windows will not open .exe files, all repair downloads are .exe files so I can not repair registry

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Hi owen_d,

·        Did you make any software or hardware changes on your machine prior to this issue?

·        What happens when you try to open any .exe files?

You may follow this link and check if the issue persists.

Can't open EXE files

Note: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.

Refer: You cannot open files that have extensions such as.exe,.com, and.lnk on a Windows XP-based computer

Hope the information helps. Please post back and let us know.

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Debleena S
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Last updated March 10, 2021 Views 5,707 Applies to: