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Programs won't run

by sonicmolasses / May 18, 2008 4:19 AM PDT

I have done nothing new to my computer, but I am unable to run any programs except Microsoft Office and Explorer. When I try to open anything else, I get a one-second blip of a black box and nothing. From the startup menu, I can't even open "help and support" or the control panel.

I have a Dell Optiplex GX280 running Windows XP.

Any ideas??

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Re: Programs won't run
by Tufenuf / May 18, 2008 4:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Programs won't run

sonicmolasses, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

If you can't access the Internet use another computer to download it onto a floppy or CD and transfer it to the problem computer. If you can't run the file do the following:

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.


Tufenuf

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Wow
by sonicmolasses / May 18, 2008 4:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Programs won't run

Totally worked!! What was that?

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Re: Wow
by Tufenuf / May 18, 2008 4:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Wow

sonicmolasses, That was a .reg file which corrected the .exe and .lnk file associations to their default associations. Somehow your .exe & .lnk file associations got changed. It could have been a virus/trojan/malware that caused it or if you're using Lavasoft Ad-watch you may have left a registry change occur when Ad-watch prompted you.
Glad that the problem is corrected & Thanks for posting back.

Tufenuf

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I have similar problem....
by midihead / January 7, 2010 11:00 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Programs won't run

I am having a similar issue, running Windows XP Home SP2. although I can't get most of my programs to run in safe mode either. If I have the problem you are describing, could that keep the programs from running in safe mode too?

I also can't get portable programs that are on a USB flash drive to run either. They are not installed on my PC in any way.

Every once in a while I can get a program to run once but then it won't the next time.

I also noticed that services in XP are not starting even though they are set to automatic. If I try to manually start them, I get an error saying that the services couldn't be started because the services didn't respond in a timely fashion.

Do you think I still have the registry issue or possibly something else?

Many thanks for your help.

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WOW!!!!!!
by fibaliojr / April 5, 2011 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Programs won't run

Thanks for that!!! My Registry is back in working order!

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