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  • Question

  • This is an XP desktop question. I would appreciate any help.

    What is the difference between the "open" and "start" options when you right click an icon on the desktop?

    Malware somehow hijacked my PC and changed program associations. To remove it I used REGEDIT to delete any reference to the malware in the registry. Ever since then, when I double click "iexplorer.exe" I get the message "this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action."

    The error makes no sense to me. How do I associate a program to run iexplorer.exe?

    When I right click the iexplorer icon and click "start". The program runs.  When I click "open", I get the "this file does not have a program associated ..." error. Why would that be?

    The PC is running Windows XP.

    thanks,

    Friday, April 2, 2010 8:15 PM

Answers

  • Steve,

    Download and apply the .exe (and .lnk) fixes from MS-MVP Doug Knox's site.

    File association fixes:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm


    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP (since 2003) for Windows Desktop Experience. The Winhelponline Blog http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/ (Windows 7/Vista/XP Troubleshooting)
    • Marked as answer by Steve Richter Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:46 PM
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7:41 AM

All replies

  • Try navigating to \Windows\System32, right-click on cmd.exe and choose Open. If that fails try using the program command.com, which is in the same folder. Now type assoc .exe=exefile and press Enter. You may have to restart the computer.
    Saturday, April 3, 2010 7:23 AM
  • Steve,

    Download and apply the .exe (and .lnk) fixes from MS-MVP Doug Knox's site.

    File association fixes:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm


    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP (since 2003) for Windows Desktop Experience. The Winhelponline Blog http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/ (Windows 7/Vista/XP Troubleshooting)
    • Marked as answer by Steve Richter Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:46 PM
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7:41 AM
  • I tried this and it still does not work.  Thanks for the reply.  It has me reading and working in the right direction.
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:46 PM
  • This looks to be exactly what I need.  Thanks a lot.

     

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12:46 PM