Programs not starting like they should?

September 29th, 2006 | Categories: Free tools

Some time ago I’ve had the craziest problem with one of my friend’s computer. After she installed one player, everything that she wanted to run (like for example Word, Outlook, games,…) – EVERYTHING started that player with an error message. I went almost crazy looking for solution. That’s why I want to point it out here if anyone will ever have the same problem:

What happened is that the .exe extension got associated with that player (like for example some media type like .mp3 associates with windows media player). So basically when we tried to run any .exe – program file it was understanding to run that player and open .exe in it.

Crazy. I couldn’t fix the registry, because regedit is also .exe file.

This is what saved me and my friend’s computer.

Update: Due to a broken link, I’ve changed it and added a link to some more xp file association fixes:

Windows XP file association fixes.