Reset the registry permissions
As soon as you have found the registry subkey that has the incorrect
permissions, exefile key, update the permissions for that subkey.
To update the permissions of the registry subkey, follow these steps:
a. Click Start, click Run, type regedit and then click OK to start
b. Locate and right-click the registry subkey:
and then click Permissions.
c. Under Group or user names, click Administrators.
d. Under Permissions for Administrators, make sure that the Allow check box
for the following entries is selected:
• Full Control
e. Click Apply and then click OK.
f. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.
Open the Registry Editor again and see if you can change the key now.
If not, try this...
Navigate to >>>
the said key
Right click the key in the left hand pane | Permissions... | Advanced
button | Owner tab | click the new owner and then click OK.
[[You can take ownership of a registry key if you are logged on as an
administrator or if you have been specifically assigned the permission to
take ownership of the registry key by the current owner. ]]
To assign permissions to a registry key
To assign special access to a registry key
To grant Full Control of a registry key
To add users or groups to the audit list
To add users or groups to the Permissions list
To remove a user or group from the Permissions list
To take ownership of a registry key
Hope this helps. Let us know.
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
Brrnese hunted and pecked:
> I've tried the suggestions without success. In trying to set the default
> value for the exefile key I get a message - error editing value cannot
> edit: error reading the value's contents. I cannot get any of the file
> association fixes from the dougknox site to be recognized on the laptop.
> Next step?
> "Wesley Vogel" wrote:
>> See if one of the File Association EXE fixes below helps for .exe files.
>> After .exe files are fixed go back to Doug Knox's for the other fixes...
>> WindowsÂ® XP File Association Fixes
>> Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
>> File Association EXE fixes...
>> EXE files always open with Notepad or any other application
>> Cannot run EXE files - Programs don't open
>> You receive an error message when you try to start a program that has an
>> ..exe file name extension
>> You Are Unable to Start a Program with an .exe File Extension
>> You cannot start programs when your computer is infected with the SirCam
>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> In news:2F0676B3-E02C-4887-920E-28A614A0EB49@microsoft.com,
>> Brrnese hunted and pecked:
>>> My client has an HP laptop and recently tried to download and install
>>> Norton Antivirus. he had problems doing it - it ran forever - and when
>>> I received the computer all the file associations are gone. It is very
>>> difficult to navigate to anything - internet explorer's blue E shows as
>>> does Outlook's icon but everything else is the generic unknown program
>>> type of icon. I have found doug knox site with various fixes but they
>>> are unrecognized and will not work on the laptop. I took the drive out
>>> and scanned and viewed it in another computer - the file structure
>>> appears intact and I was able to back up all the documents. Not sure
>>> how to proceed to resolved this. Any help would be appreciated.
>>> I can only get to regedit by using ctrl-alt-del and then clicking file
>>> and holding down ctrl while selecting new. Is t here a regedit I can
>>> use to restore the ability to recognize .reg files?
>>> I can also access explorer at the command prompt - and can view the file
>>> associations screen - but the options are grayed out - so no changes can
>>> be made.
>>> Kathie >> Stay informed about: Missing/corrupt file associations - no programs work