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15th June 2010, 01:18 PM #1
Weird Problem with .EXE's on 2003 File Server
We've got a 2003 file server and I've just come to launch some system programs to do so housekeeping and it looks like the file associations have changed / gone awry.
I can't work it out though as it looks like all the system programs like regedit.exe, msconfig.exe, iexplore.exe, etc, have been told to be opened my MSPaint, as the error message says they can't be read and that it's not a valid bitmap file.
I've had a look at the relevant registry entries under classes, exes but can't see anything wrong.
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15th June 2010, 01:20 PM #2
Virus scan comes to mind fella, doesn't sound good.
15th June 2010, 01:21 PM #3
Done that and it's clear.
15th June 2010, 02:16 PM #4
Can't say i've had that problem on 2003 but have had it under 7.
The Vista fix at the bottom of this page worked for me.
16th June 2010, 02:49 PM #5
Thanks for the link, Matt. We had compared those parts of the registry with another Windows 2003 box and they were all the same.
Originally Posted by saundersmatt
We discovered that the problem only existed with a particular admin account on the machine, so trundled off to HKCU/software/microsoft/windows/current version/explorer/FileExts and found that there was a entry for .exe with mspaint.exe set under OPENWITHLIST...........! I deleted it and everything is now back to normal. How it happened in the first place we haven't ascertained yet.
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