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XP – Unable to open any programs?

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Try this.


UnZip, Run Winsock.exe, Click the Fix button, reboot
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i have the exact same problem, but i'm not sure what to do when i open it in Notepad... any hints?
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Well, I just fixed my problem myself without using Winsockfix. I went into Control Panel - System - Device Manager and uninstalled my wireless card. Then rebooted and it reinstalled itself and suddenly everything worked.

So I'm assuming I don't need to run Winsockfix now.

So at this point the only problem I'm having is a very slow boot process, like 5 minutes. I don't know why.
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No, you don't have to run the WinSocket fix, since you fixed the problem.

Now, as for the boot process, how many programs do you have starting up?

Might want to download this free program called starter and use it do disable uneeded startup items, and also check out these useful sites.

Answers That Work - TaskList Pages

Pacs Portal - Startup Index

SysInfo - Startup List

Those sites will help you determine what's absolutely needed at startup and what's not. It will cut down on boot time and also speed up the computer.

Now, to disable startups

Download a program called CodeStuff Starter. Download Here: http://www.snapfiles...et/starter.html

Hope that helps. :tazz:

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To be able to use a notepad file check this out:


After you done what it says below the easiest thing to do to restore your system is to use the system restore facility - Start -> Run -> msconfig. Good luck, it solved my problems!!

First you will need to restore the .exe file association. In notepad create a new file and enter all the text the the code box below:


' VBScript to restore .exe file association with Windows XP
Option Explicit

Dim strComputer
Dim objRegistry,objDictionary

strComputer = "."
Set objRegistry=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_
strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

Set objDictionary = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
objDictionary.Add "HKCR",&h80000000

Call RegAddString( "HKCR", ".exe", "", "exefile")
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", ".exe", "Content Type",_
"application/x-msdownload" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", ".exe\PersistentHandler", "",_
"{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile", "", "Application" )
Call RegAddBinary( "HKCR", "exefile", "EditFlags", "38,07,00,00" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile", "TileInfo",_
"prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile", "InfoTip",_
"prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\DefaultIcon", "", "%1" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell", "", "" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\open", "", "" )
Call RegAddBinary( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\open",_
"EditFlags", "00,00,00,00" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\open\command", "",_
Chr(34) & "%1" & Chr(34) & Space(1) & "%*" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\runas", "", "" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shell\runas\command", "",_
Chr(34) & "%1" & Chr(34) & Space(1) & "%*" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex", "", "" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\DropHandler",_
"", "{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers", "", "" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps",_
"", "{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}" )
Call RegAddString( "HKCR", "exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page",_
"", "{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}" )

Function RegKeyExists(rootkey, keypath)
Dim arrValueNames, arrValueTypes
If objRegistry.EnumValues(objDictionary(rootkey), keypath, arrValueNames, arrValueTypes) = 0 Then
RegKeyExists = True
RegKeyExists = False
End If
End Function

Sub RegAddKey(rootkey, keypath)
objRegistry.CreateKey objDictionary(rootkey),keypath
End Sub

Sub RegAddString(rootkey, keypath, valuename, valuedata)
If Not RegKeyExists(rootkey, keypath) Then
Call RegAddKey( rootkey, keypath )
End If
objRegistry.SetStringValue objDictionary(rootkey),keypath,valuename,valuedata
End Sub

Sub RegAddBinary(rootkey, keypath, valuename, valuearray)
Dim arrValue(),arrHexValue,i,HexVal

arrHexValue = Split(Trim(valuearray),",")
For Each HexVal in arrHexValue
Redim Preserve arrValue(i)
arrValue(i) = "&h" & HexVal
i=i + 1
objRegistry.SetBinaryValue objDictionary(rootKey),keypath,valuename,arrValue
Redim arrValue(0)
End Sub

In notepad now select file, select save, under "save in" use the pull down menu and select c:\regfixes and for file name enter xp_exe_fix.vbs and under "Save as type" use the pull down menu and select "All files".

Navigate to c:\regfixes and right mouse click on xp_exe_fix.vbs and select open. This will run the script and restore the registry keys associated with the exe file type. If you are running Ad-Watch if it pops an alert whilst this script is running you will need to accept the update to the registry.

Now the .exe file association is restored you will be able to run regedit.exe.
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:whistling: I had some sort of windows glitch wouldn't allow me to run anything without the windows pop-up asking the user to select the file to open it up with. Very frustrating and scary...(Havent backed anything up in a long time)...Anyways I found this thread http://www.geekstogo...amsl-t8598.html your http://www.dougknox....fix.zip...saved my [bleep] so again thank you so very much....Tex
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