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How To Fix Programs Opening In Notepad

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When you go to open a program and without warning they open in notepad, and all you see is lines of gibberish, it can be frustrating right?

Follow these simple steps to fix this error and be back up and running in minutes.

Note: This method does not require internet or command prompt, so dont worry if yours arent working.

Step 1: Open Notepad by pressing Windows Logo + R Key, type "notepad" and press enter.

Step 2: Copy this code and paste it into your notepad, it will be in the comments.


Step 3: Click file,save as,fix.reg IMPORTANT!!! CHANGE SAVE FILE TYPE TO "ALL FILES" AND ENCODING TO "UNICODE"

Step 4: Save in your desired location and close the notepad

Step 5: Navigate to the file "fix.reg" you created and right click, selecting "Merge". UAC may or may not appear, click yes if it does, and yes to the second message.

A message will appear after saying the registry was successfully updated.

Thats it, now you should be able to open programs as before this whole problem started.

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Written instructions can be found here
http://superuser.com/questions/427434/how-to-fix-exe-file-association-in-windows