This article examines the scenario of .exe files not opening due to a corrupt file system or an unregistered file. Sometimes while launching an .exe file, an error occurs where the file is termed as an invalid Win32 application. This article solves this problem for the user. It highlights the reasons for the error and subsequently provides remedies for it. The various situations discussed here are: File downloads, a badly configured IDE Controller, support CD/DVD unreadable, a corrupted or unregistered file, spyware and a problematic browser configuration.
When you launch an executable file, Windows displays a message like:
Application name is not a valid Win32 application
.exe is a file execution extension. There are different file formats for different systems that are identifiable with the help of different alphabets that accompany them.
If the application in question was uploaded to the Internet, it is possible that it was corrupted during the download. In this case, just download the file again.
If the error is caused by a defective media, follow the steps below:
To check the integrity of protected system files, run the following command:
If the error occurs at the opening of files, click Start / Run, then enter and confirm the following command:
regsvr32 / i SHELL32.DLL
The problem may be related to malware. Post a question on CCM's forum in the virus/security section for further help.