Sometimes, users may be unable to run executable files if there is a configuration error in the computer or a virus problem. In such cases, users will be unable to launch Windows programs.
There are two main solutions you can utilize to launch your .exe files. We recommend first checking the configuration of your Windows system to make sure your file is compatible. If your system seems to check out, we recommend doing a sweep of your operating system to check for any viruses. If your system has any viruses, a disinfection of your system may solve the problem.
How To Run .exe Files on Windows
All Versions of Windows
The following solution may be applied to all versions of Windows.
> All Programs
Next, copy and paste the following code into Notepad:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Next, Click Save As
. Give your file a name with a .reg
extension, and select All Files
as your file type. Then, click Save
Close Notebook, and right-click on the .reg
file > Merge
. Then, click Yes
, followed by OK
Windows XP and Windows 2000 Users
The following solution may be used by Windows XP and Windows 2000 users.
Head to your Control Panel
and click Folder Options
. Select the File Type
tab and click New
into the File Extension
field, and then click OK
The EXE extension will be automatically selected. Click Restore
to continue, and then close the dialog box.
Windows Vista Users
The following solution uses a file association fix for Windows Vista users.
Go to Winhelponline
and download the compressed file that contains the fix for the EXE
extension. Extract its contents onto your desktop.
Next, double-click on the Exefix_Vista.reg
file, and select Yes
Your program should go back to normal.
Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Users
The following solution uses a file association fix for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users.
Download and run RstAssociations
(.scr version). Note that this RstAssociations is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7, both 32- and 64-bit versions.
, and click Restore
A restart of your PC may be required.
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