Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Exe files open with Notepad?

Question:

"I am facing a very strange problem. I changed the program associated to a macromedia flash file to Notepad (right click -> properties -> open with -> Notepad) It somehow screwed everything up. Now all applications open on Notepad. Even when I click Internet explorer, a Notepad window opens, nothing works any more. I try to open System Restore and a Notepad window opens. Here is a screenshot."




Using the Open-with option for executables is not really needed. The accidental changes that you've made is revertable by altering the registry. I've written a tutorial here which explains how to overcome this problem.

.EXE files always open with Notepad or any other application ?

I hope this helps.

16 comments:

tink11 said...

you misunderstood his statement, I am having the same problem. When i right click on a file, then select "open with..." it automatically loads that file into Notepad without letting me select which application to use it in. Its a real pain the arse. Any ideas?

Ramesh Srinivasan said...

No misunderstanding here. Your problem is addressed here:

Clicking the "Open With" or "Choose Program..." option always opens the file with Notepad?:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/openas.htm

tink11 said...

Sweet.. thank you for that......

Anonymous said...

thanks man, this post helped me a lot. my father's computer was broken and all i had to do is come home and search for "executable files open in notepad." your solution fixed it right up.

John said...

Excellent work Ramesh!!! Worked pefectly.

Phil said...

Ramesh Srinivasan: You are the man. I was having the same pain in the ass problem and google led me to you. Thanks.

Phil Reynolds

Anonymous said...

thank you .the post helped me too. but any idea what's causing it ?

Anonymous said...

thank you .the post helped me too. but any idea what's causing it ?

Mike said...

I tried to do this. Even the REGEDIT program opens in Notepad! How can I get around this?

Ramesh Srinivasan said...

@Mike: Try the fix (method 1) here:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/exeasso.htm

G said...

Yeah - thanks man... great help for a little problem that was pissing me off...
:) :) :)

utpal said...

thanks for the guide

Anonymous said...

yaar i hav got 1 problem...... my all .exe file are deleting automatically.....
nd i dun no y..
is t registrty problem....
must reply or plzz tell me how can i repair this?........


note when ye reply here den plzz mail b 8 mrlonely01@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Ramesh:

please help. i have the same problem.

1. i followed your steps already, downloading the "exeasso" file you indicated, to no avail.

2. i tried followings from yahoo: "Open My Computer > Click Tools > Folder Options > File Types

In File Types look for "REG" Select it.. Click Advance

To Merge, Application used to perform action: regedit.exe "%1"

To Edit, Application used to perform action: C:\WINDOWS\system32\NOTEPAD.EX... % to no avail.

3. i even download an "exefix" file from another source but it wouldn't run and says "regedit.exe is not found".

4. i tried also "To enable regedit:
Browse to User Configuration / Administrative Templates / System. Change 'Prevent access to registry editing tools' to disabled" and to no avail.

when i click regedit it always still open in notepad.

please respond asap or if you can address it directly to my email (ari.sutedi@ptbts.com) i would really appreciate it.

thanks man,

Ari

Anonymous said...

Hi, I tried the solution, but it seems that it didn't work for me. Problem: Regedit/regedit.exe opens in notepad. It looks like the screen cap posted here. I scanned the pc for viruses,adware,etc. using AVG. All other .exe files are ok except for regedit. I don't know want to do anymore. I also used the exeassoc. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I followed the suggested solution but it didn't work for me. Problem: Whenever I type regedit or regedit.exe in Run, notepad opens with the file similar to your screencap. I scanned the pc for anti-virus and adware/malwares. Other exe files are ok except for the regedit.exe. I don't know what to do anymore. Pls. help. There must be some other solution/way. Btw, I also tried typing in DOS, it said that "no regedit.txt is found" or something like that. Hoping for your kind suggestions/solution.