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    Sounds like a problem one of my housemates had earlier this year, they caught some malware that deleted the file association for *.exe.


    There was a trick I employed to force-open RegEdit (I think if you create a *.reg file on the desktop you can invoke the RegEdit process that way) where I then re-set the HKCR\exefile entry.


    You'll want to reset the following keys/values (unescape as necessary):


    exefile\(Default) = "Application"

    exefile\EditFlags = 38 07 00 00

    exefile\shell\open\command\(Default) = "\"%1\" %*"